As you may have heard by now, San Francisco will be voting this November on whether or not to ban circumcision in the city.
Defenders of the measure say it’s all about “human rights” and “protecting babies” from unnecessary procedures.
But critics suspected there was something vaguely anti-Semitic about the whole proposal, since among Jews (and Muslims, as well) circumcising male babies is a religious duty, not just a mistaken medical procedure.
Ban proponents insisted their proposal had nothing to do with Jews — really, it’s all about the rights of children.
Well, any doubt that they were lying have now been dispelled, with the publication of new campaign literature for the upcoming circumcision ban. The campaign comic book, called “Foreskin Man,” after its baby-saving superhero, features a litany of evil Jews doing battle with blond Nordic saviors.
(Oh, and did I mention the artist’s last name is Hess? A relative of Rudolph, perhaps?)
Saturday, June 4, 2011
We all had a laugh when some hopeless ninnies managed to put a circumcision ban on San Francisco's November ballot. They've apparently put out some kind of campaign comic book that is filled with laughably anti-semitic imagery. Zombie has the details
And here's a choice set of panels. Hard to believe anyone would think this would be persuasive to anyone outside the lunatic fringe.
As I said earlier, the most ardent anti-circ people I've met tend to be Europeans (and their Euro-phile waterboys) who see circumcision as an American barbarity on par with gun ownership and supporting Israel. That's not to say that everyone who's anti-circ is also anti-semitic, but I will say that it's as easy to meet an anti-semite in the Euro crowd as it is to meet a racist among the Boers.
As for the circumcision ban, I am going to predict it will fail miserably at the ballot box*, even without an assist from these goofy comics. People in SF have to vote on a bunch of dumb stuff, not because they favor it, but because it's so damn easy to get initiatives on to the ballot. This ban would criminalize a religious practice (up to one year in jail!) that is hardly outside of the mainstream. Even if the ban passes, it will never be enforced.
*sadly, Free Will is not going to be able to vote on this weighty matter, as FWHQ is heading out to the 'burbs in about a month.