The California ban initiative back in the news

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The California ban initiative back in the news
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Sat, 06-04-2011 - 10:05pm

This is from today's New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/05/us/05circumcision.html

What I found interesting were a couple of quotes on two issues that procircumcision supporters, until now, have not only always avoided, but that would even be caught dead admitting:

'.....“People are shocked that it has reached this level because there has never been this kind of a direct assault on a Jewish practice here,” said Marc Stern, associate general counsel for the American Jewish Committee, an advocacy group. “This is something that American Jews have always taken for granted — that something that was so contested elsewhere but here, we’re safe and we’re secure.....'[my bold];

and

"...Dr. David Baron, a family physician, certified mohel — someone who performs ritual circumcision — and former chief of staff at Santa Monica-U.C.L.A., said that he would not press any parent to circumcise a son but that he viewed the effort to ban the procedure as “ridiculous and dishonest.”. “To say it is mutilation is wrong from the get-go,” Dr. Baron said. “It is a perfectly valid decision to say that it is not what you want for your child. Any doctor who says it is needed is not being honest [my bold]

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Well, I'm not able to quote statistics or experience tremendous changes. I live a few thousand miles away and a cultural infinity.

Any reduction in US circumcision rates is a blessing.

Christopher

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And it looks like the initiative is coming to its expected end.....

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/07/judge-moves-to-block-san-francisco-circumcision-ban-vote.html

Can't say that I am surprised. I didn't think that it was well thought out when it did not make a (hipocritical) exception for religious purposes as a pre-emptive move. Moreover, that ill-designed "Foreskin man" predictably and mortally served the initiative in a silve platter to its enemies. It did most of their work for them.

Now, the religious elements have prevailed, even though the judge's shelters his decision behind the lame facade of a medical technicality of city-vs-state.

It was good while it lasted. At least, it probably made some people think about the pros and cons of the procedure, rather than just accept it automatically.

Regards,

Federico.

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“And it looks like the initiative is coming to its expected end.....”

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It wouldn't be that bad of a thing, but to me, a religious exemption is just so fundamentally wrong.
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Wrong, but a reality. Tiger spoke of reality which I'm sure you understand.

But

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