Nearly every day, I perform a circumcision.
When an entire city takes a vote on a medical/religious practice that they find distasteful it sends a distinct message of exclusion to those outside the city’s confines.
I often tell people that one individual’s religious freedom stops at the point at which it infringes on another person’s freedom. But where exactly is that line?
The anti-circumcision referendum is both wrong and dangerous because it subjects religious freedom to a popular vote.
The will of the majority is tempered by the rights provided in the Constitution. That is how our rights to speak, write, and pray are protected. It is also how the right to have a baby boy circumcised will be protected.
From a religious standpoint, I am no big practitioner of outward rites and “forms” of religious practice, preferring, instead, that the way I live my life represent whether I am “covenanted” with G-d or not.
The problem with the San Francisco initiative, however, goes beyond the crude anti-Semitic prejudices of some of its supporters. Instead, it strikes at the heart of what has made America distinctive for members of all faiths.
Nobody has the right to tell different religions how to practice their faith.
The core issue of our relationship to God and its applicability to both men and women is very serious.
This is a sensitive issue in which the thoughts and feelings of all involved should be carefully heard.
Were there strong medical evidence that circumcision caused considerable harm to boys, I would favor a ban.
The effort to ban circumcision – now blatantly seen as an anti-Semintic move – is indeed a violation of the Constitutionally guaranteed free exercise of religion.
The illiberalism of ‘liberal’ society is wondrous to behold.
It’s a surgical procedure whose mark the recipient will carry for life, but had no meaningful chance to opt in to or out of.
We make scores of decisions for our children that are determinative of their lives.Increasingly there is a cadre of people who believe they know better; that all children should be raised as they raise their own.