U.S. judge orders ban on circumcision off ballot

July 29, 2011

A California judge ordered a proposal to ban circumcisions of boys in San Francisco removedĀ  fromĀ an upcoming municipal ballot, saying it would infringe on religious freedom.

But Superior Court Judge Loretta Giorgi, in finalizing a tentative decision reached on Wednesday, said she technically barred the measure on grounds that state laws disallow voter initiatives governing medical practices.

The law “leaves no room for localities to legislate in this area,” the judge wrote in her formal opinion.

Circumcision is a ritual obligation for infant Jewish boys, and is also a common rite among Muslims, who account for the largest share of circumcised men worldwide. But critics of the practice argue that it amounts to genital mutilation.

Photo credit: REUTERS/Francois Lenoir (A rabbi holds an eight-day-old baby Menachem Mendel as other rabbis read prayers during a circumcision ceremony at the European Jewish Community Centre in Brussels, August 20, 2009)

Please read the entire story by Emmett Berg here

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They need to Ban circumcision b/c its not healthy among so many other reasons, but anyway back to the main point, if your of Jewish decent and have the papers to prove you are then that should be the only exception to the BAN other then that leave the boy alone till his 18 years old! The foreskin is healthy to males and has a purpose and a function.

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