Nazi-like policies and state nannying appear to be on the increase all over the “civilised” world and California seems to be at the forefront. I don’t think that the Nazi sympathiser and Governor for seven years, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is totally to blame, although he has said that, “Ninety-five percent of the people in the world need to be told what to do and how to behave.”
A proposition to ban circumcision for boys younger than 18 has, um, made the cut in San Francisco and will be put to the voters in November.
City election officials today certified that enough valid petition signatures were received to qualify the measure for the ballot, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
If it’s approved, it would make it a misdemeanor “to circumcise, excise, cut or mutilate the foreskin, testicle or penis of another person who has not attained the age of 18,” the San Francisco Examiner notes. There are no religious exemptions. Violators could face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
Advocates refer to themselves as “intactivists” and sport Star Wars-inspired buttons that read, “May the foreskin be with you.”
I imagine they would.
The Chronicle sums up the pro-and-con thusly: “Supporters of a ban say it’s a cruel, unnecessary practice akin to cutting off a baby’s ear or nose. Opponents say the ban, even if passed by voters, would never hold up in court.”
Ah, the old tactic of making unrealistic comparisons. Why not be completely ridiculous and say it is akin to amputating the child’s legs?
In addition to choosing a mayor, voters are likely to vote on pension changes for city workers.
But not a Jewish mayor, presumably?
I don’t agree with circumcision, but it is not my place to call for its banning.
The really crazy thing about this is that there are around 800,000 abortions per year in the USA – and the rate in California is well above the national average.
All these unborn infants lose a lot more than their foreskin, yet killing the child outright is a “woman’s right” but just removing a piece of skin (which can be argued, will improve the child’s health) may soon not be anyone’s right.
There is a California Holocaust Memorial Week.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Are people remembering and not understanding?