Letter to the Editor: Banning circumcisions in California is ill-advised
Jim Porter wrote a nice column in the Jan. 6 Sierra Sun. I agree with him wholeheartedly and share his disgust that there were so many higher priority issues that the CA state legislature failed to address.
But I feel compelled to support the ban on local action to ban circumcision. This was in response to an ill-advised but decidedly serious attempt in San Francisco to do exactly that, under the specious guise of health concern.
Had it proceeded to passage, it would have rendered illegal a cherished part of the practice of both Judaism and Islam within San Francisco city limits.
We Jews have circumcised our infants for thousands of years. I know of no evidence that this tradition has hampered our ability to live long, healthy, productive, law-abiding lives.
To the contrary, our success at those pursuits may be one of the reasons that anti-Semites dislike us so much! Although passing laws about religious practice should not be necessary in our system that so jealously guards the separation of church and state, when mean-spirited actors try to attack that separation, it is appropriate to and#8220;cut and#8216;em off at the passand#8221; … so to speak.