In what could be a very unkind cut, or not, depending on your point of view, the wealthy beach-side city of Santa Monica, CA, located west of Los Angeles, is contemplating a ballot measure that would ban circumcision even as a religious practice. The pro-foreskin move comes on the heels of a similar initiative approved in San Francisco on May 17.
According to the Jewish Journal–which obtained a copy of memorandum from the Santa Monica City clerk addressed to the city attorney, along with a Notice of Intent to Circulate a Petition, filed on Thursday, May 19– the proposal would add
an initiative prohibiting “Genital Cutting of Male Minors” to a ballot in a future election in Santa Monica…
Included with the notice is the text of the proposed initiative, which is identical to the text of the initiative approved in San Francisco on May 17.
The text allows for exceptions to the ban only in cases where a surgical removal of the foreskin is deemed “necessary to the physical health of the person on whom it is performed.”
Santa Monica, which has a population of nearly 90,000 is home to two hospitals–St. John’s and Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. There are no mosques listed in Santa Monica, but the adherent Muslim population was 1.7% in 2009, and six synagogues/shuls.
The petition also seeks to make circumcision a misdemeanor, punishable with a fine of up to $1,000 and/or a sentence of up to one year in county jail.
The group behind the bill, MGMBill.org has a lot of reasons why male circumcision is wrong, and point to medical and cosmetic uses of foreskins. I just remember reading Winds of War and there’s this scene where the Nazis want to look at a group of guys’ penises to see who was Jewish, and the America dude basically told them that checking out their joy sticks wouldn’t be much help since in America circumcision was the norm, not matter of faith. That was an eye opener for me at age nine!