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Boyz with the Hoods Poke Circumcision Ban to San Francisco Ballot

May 28th, 2011 · 6 Comments

Making circumcision illegal officially going to citywide vote By Jeffrey Jolson

Cartoon from alan.com not far off

SAN FRANCISCO (Hollywood Today) 5/28/11 – The City by the Bay is about to become perhaps the nation’s most analyzed and  controversial city, well, since SF opened its altars to gay marriage, a short-lived nuptial due mainly to higher courts and the state. This is because the city has opened voting for the circumcision ban on the November ballot. Anti-snip proponent Lloyd Schofield gathered the 12,000 signatures to put the measure on the city ballot. “The foreskin is there for a reason,” said Schofield, who is retired from a career in the hotel industry. “It’s not a birth defect. It serves an important function in a man’s life, and nobody has a right to perform unnecessary surgery on another human being.” But it is an uphill battle for the foreskin, or more precisely the right for others to circumcise. Anyone caught performing the procedure like doctors or mohels (Jewish circumcisers) would be liable for a year in jail and $1,000 fine if it passes. Circumcision, performed on 8-day-old males, is an important ritual in the Jewish — and Muslim — faiths. Marc Stern, associate general counsel for legal advocacy at the American Jewish Committee, said the Jewish community is “clearly appalled” by the proposed ban. “This is the most direct assault on Jewish religious practice in the United States,” said Stern. “It’s unprecedented in American Jewish life.” First of all, it is unlikely SF would actually vote in the ban. And then it needs to pass state and even constitutional muster. Yet all this keeps Schofeld in the news, where he seems to like it, and he might just love going before the Supreme Court to argue that you need to wait until you are 18-years-old to get this surgery, which by that point in life is painful and complicated. See related story: http://www.hollywoodtoday.net/2011/05/28/circumcision-ban-by-law-christian-boyz-with-the-hoods-v-jewish-in-modern-day-san-francisco/ The measure is creating quite a controversy, pitting some (not all by any means) Christians vs. Jews, Religious right against liberals, gays vs. straights, doctors against ban proponents, comics against San Francisco and the list goes on.  Comedians are enjoying it, such as Lewis Black quipping on the Jon Stewart Daily Show, that he “Left his heart in San Francisco, but made it back with his foreskin.” Schofield joined with a group called “inactivists” that he met while marching in a Gay Pride parade. Together they created an advocacy group called the Prohibition of Genital Cutting of Male Minors. The ban would make it illegal to “circumcise, excise, cut or mutilate the whole or any part of the foreskin, testicles, or penis of another person who has not attained the age of 18 years.” “We would agree with the Jewish religious and legal scholars regarding the practice, and … to my knowledge, there is no compelling medical reason to ban it,” said Ibrahim Ramey, the human civil rights program director at the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation. “There are religious sensitivities that are involved and the decision to circumcise ought best be left to the parents of the child, and not a political referendum.” Stern said that the Jewish community has held strategy meetings to diminish the proposal. “We want to erase the message that anyone else can try to take away a central ritual, practiced for centuries without harm, to make sure no one tries to replicate this,” Stern said. But with the thousands of supporting signatures, San Francisco is one step closer to making the proposal a reality. “No medical association promotes circumcision,” said Schofield. “If there was sound and repeated scientific evidence, there’d be a medical association promoting it.” But Dr. Douglas Diekema, director of education for the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s Hospital, said that the procedure has been shown to reduce the risk of infections. “Boys who are circumcised have fewer urinary tract infections during infancy,” said Diekema. “These are serious infections that require hospitalization.” Some data also suggest that circumcision reduces the risk of contracting HIV, HPV and penile cancer. Santa Monica ban proponents tried to get enough signatures to put it on their city’s ballot but were unsuccessful.

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 FlexSF // May 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Having my right to marry voted away was an intrusive act, by the people of California, and facilitated by Christianist zealots. Therefore, I cannot support another intrusive ballot question. This is nobody’s business except the parents, parent, surrogate mother, or legal guardian.

  • 2 sara patricia gonzalez wallmark // May 29, 2011 at 12:03 am

    En mi ciudad Monterrey Nuevo Leon en cirugias y demas oportunidades se estan realizando secuestros digitales donde insertan chips o radio miniaturas con gps para localizacion, lo estan haciendo en diversas modalidades pero tambien en ciudades de estados unidos y otras partes del mundo, lo hacen para espionajem chantaje y robo de identidades asi como despojo de inmuebles, el nombre del medico que me realizo esto se llama jorge trevino garza quien es muy peligroso en lugares cerrados, es otorrinolaringologo de la ciudad de monterrey ubicado en dr. cantu 300 colonia los doctores, asi que realiza cirugias fraudulentas con ayuda de amigos y familiares y a distancia dan ordenes a las victimas y esuchan todo cuanto pueden, ademas estos circuitos colocados debajo del cuero cabelludo desde la frente, sienes o hasta la nuca, tambien lo colocan en garganta, pecho, espalda, brazos y piernas, por lo que yo me doy masaje torciendo mi piel para desconectar estos sistemas, pero esto puede ser muerte segura ya que en algunos casos duele mucho la cabeza o el cuerpo y la persona puede hablar sola y parecer tonta por exceso de ruido, ademas el medico tiene estilistas y masajistas que con el masaje y xilocaina tambien colocan estos sistemas en diez minutos segun les escucho a ellos en mi cabeza, y doy a conocer esto porque se queda con lo ajeno sin consentimiento haciendo que las victimas se maten o desaparezcan y el toma posesion de sus pertenencias o roba las idientidades. Gracias por tomar precauciones, mi nombre es sara patricia gonzalez wallmark y el de mi esposo es gilberto antonio elizondo villaneda. mi direccion es cholul 700 balcones de anahuac, en monterrey, nuevo leon, favor de no enviar e-mail ya que mi cuenta de facebook y correo son hackeados con facilidad. mi direccion a la vista gracias/

  • 3 Frank OHara // May 30, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    @ Jeffery Jolson: “First of all, it is unlikely SF would actually vote in the ban.”

    Wrong! Schofield has met the requirements to be on the ballot so the measure will be voted on. With all of the 12,000 signatories likely to vote for it, it already has a tremendous head start and is likely to pass. The West Coast Region is familiar with the unaltered penis as it has the lowest circumcision rate in the nation at less than 30%.

    “ “We would agree with the Jewish religious and legal scholars regarding the practice, and … to my knowledge, there is no compelling medical reason to ban it,”

    Nor are there any compelling reasons to continue the procedure. Virtually any problem can be easily addressed the same as they are with girls. The world’s medical associations (in circumcising countries) wobble back and forth between “insignificant” and “risks and benefits evenly balanced.” The AAP states that any medical benefits are not significant enough to recommend the procedure.

    “We want to erase the message that anyone else can try to take away a central ritual, practiced for centuries without harm.”

    There are more deaths from circumcision than crib deaths or any other peril at this stage in life. A couple of years ago, one boy in New York died and two more were left profoundly brain damaged. Surely Stern knows about these. Why is he denying them? They were in newspapers and other medial nationwide. Does he not want the other side of the practice seen?

    ““Boys who are circumcised have fewer urinary tract infections during infancy,” said Diekema. “These are serious infections that require hospitalization.”

    There is some deception here. The study Diekema refers to is known to be false and deceptive. Anyway, girls suffer about 50% more of these urinary tract infections than boys. I don’t see any movement to start circumcising girls to prevent infections. Why is that?

    “Some data also suggest that circumcision reduces the risk of contracting HIV, HPV and penile cancer.”

    The *African studies* on HIV were badly flawed. With 80% of adult American males circumcised, if those studies were true and accurate, HIV would have never been able to make it on to our shores. Instead, The US has the highest HIV infection rate of any industrialized nation. It is estimated that 70% of Americans have been infected with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). It is beyond obvious that male circumcision provides no protection. Penile cancer has a rate of 1 in less than 109,000 individuals and is easily and imminently curable. For each of these curable penile cancer cases in elderly men, 6 infants will die as a direct result of their circumcision. I’d call that killing with prevention, wouldn’t you?

  • 4 Jeff // May 31, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    You get ‘em Frank! Education is the only way to make people see the true light of this barbaric practice (religious, “medical”, or otherwise), and those too irrational to weigh the obvious evidence and not be bottle-fed information from old men at the AAP, CDC, and WHO who jack off to infant circumcisions should be launched into space.

  • 5 Mark Wills // Jun 17, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Masturbation is so good and fulfilling if you have a foreskin! The forskin gliding feels like a vagina and it produces a symphony of pleasure note, a cut dick produces only one note thus a cut guy cums quickly

  • 6 sara patricia gonzalez wallmark // Jul 25, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Mi nombre de pila SARA PATRICIA GONZALEZ WALLMARK, alias (LILY desde que naci por se llorona como la muneca LILY LEDY) mi unica direccion de hogar es Cholul 700 Balcones de Anahuac Municipio San Nicolas de los Garza, N.L. NO Poseo intermediarios o gente que me represente en nada, soy escritora y jubilada de la Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, y existen hackers que toman mis datos personales y los usan como mis representantes que no lo son, incluyendo mis paginas de correo electronico y facebook, por favor tomen precauciones y mi hogar esta a la vista con direccion adjunto. Tengo cuatro hijos, tres nietas, padre, madre y cinco hermanos y sobrinos y tios pero nadie tiene derecho a hablar de mi ni en negocios ni en nada que se les antoje. Gracias por su comprension sin embargo gracias a ti por dar a conocer este dato tan importante porque estan abusando de mucha gente que aun dormidos o tomados e inclusive en masajes, les colocan esos miniaturas chips para enfermar con cancer, mientras los escuchan. Te agradezco la oportunidad que me diste por difundir esto y que Dios te bendiga, incluso si deseas la informacion completa estoy a disposicion ya que como te digo soy escritora completa. Jeje, asi mismo cuidado al llegar a los aereopuertos en la ciudad porque alli los abordan con mentiras, hay una mafia muy grande en Monterrey que esta extendida por todo el mundo. Nunca decir destino, siempre decir vivo en la ciudad, voy y vengo. Ademas no creerte de tv o radios mexicanas, son enganosas como le sucedio al agente del FBI Batista en la ciudad de Torreon Mex.
    Thank you Very, Very Much to you!!!

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