No to a ‘brit mila’ ban

The rights of San Francisco’s Jews should be carefully safeguarded against anti-religious fanatics with a distorted conception of human rights.

May 26, 2011 23:15
4 minute read.
A circumcision ceremony in Bnei Brak

circumcision brit mila 311 R. (photo credit: Gil Cohen Magen / Reuters)


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San Francisco, California, that bastion of progressive thought, has become a case study of what happens when a radical interpretation of human rights combined with hatred of tradition can blind better moral judgment.

In November, citizens of the US’s 13th most populous city will go to the ballots to vote on a measure that, if passed, would make circumcision – brit mila in Hebrew – a misdemeanor. Anyone convicted of circumcising a boy under the age of 18 could be fined up to $1,000 or sentenced to a year in prison, effectively outlawing the biblical commandment, adhered to by Jews, to circumcise baby boys at the age of eight days.


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