So it seems our friends in San Francisco think there needs to be a ballot issue on the November election on whether or not to ban circumcisions, even for religious purposes (see here).
I am all for parents deciding whether or not to circumcise their child. However, I completely disagree with this ballot initiative and find some of the tactics by the proponents a bit out of bounds. For one they liken it to female genital mutilation that goes on in some parts of the world. All medical experts I found said it is in no way true.
Then they began releasing a series of comic books called Foreskin Man that highlight in one issue a doctor and another a mohel (Rabbi who performs the circumcision for Jewish boys) who are evil beings that will do anything to circumcise a boy even against his parent’s wishes. Brian Hagen of Pen Grenades believes it has crossed the line into an anti-semitic rant (Go read his review).
Whether it has or not, all the proponents of the legislature have done is remove all meaningful dialogue from the discussion.