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scrutney

malicious mohels beware. it's foreskinman

from nerve.com:

"Foreskin Man" comic book attacked by Jewish groups for being anti-Semitic




The movement to ban male circumcision in San Francisco continues to build steam, as organizers have collected the requisite number of signatures for a ballot initiative in November — though if the measure were to pass, it would likely be overturned as unconstitutional on religious-freedom grounds. But now the movement of "intactivists" (that cringey-clever portmanteau word) finds itself facing charges of anti-Semitism, thanks to Matthew Hess, president of the Male Genital Mutilation Bill group, and his Foreskin Man comic books.

Hess wrote and created the first Foreskin Man comic, which came out in the summer of 2010, starring Miles Hastwick, retired corporate scientist and head of the Museum of Genital Integrity. In Hastwick's other life, he is Foreskin Man, a blond, ubermenschy "intactivist" superhero who fights his archenemy, Dr. Mutilator. (Subtle, right?)

In the newly-released second issue of Foreskin Man, our hero must contend with the sinister Monster Mohel, a scissors-wielding, Shylock-on-meth character who wears the traditional Orthodox Jewish wide-brimmed hat, and tallis around his neck. And this is what has Jewish groups understandably upset, despite Hess claiming not to be anti-Semitic, but rather pro-human rights. Nancy J. Appel, Associate Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, said in a statement Friday:

Quote:
"The comic book portrays mohels as rapacious, bloodthirsty and bent on harming children. Some of the imagery calls to mind age-old anti-Semitic canards such as the blood libel, the accusation that Jews ritually murder Christian children. Another comic in the series also calls up more subtle anti-Jewish themes, such as when a character complains that the pro-circumcision lobby has 'all of the well-connected doctors and lawyers.'"


Whether Hess is truly anti-Semitic in his heart or not, at the very least, the portrayal of the mohel is crude and insensitive. He defended himself in an email to the Jewish Journal, writing: "As far as the anti-Semitism, I might understand such an accusation if our proposed legislation applied to everyone except Jews. That would be like saying we care about all boys except the Jewish ones." (Mel Gibson has reportedly optioned the rights to the comic, and expects to release an all-Hebrew film version in the fall of 2013.)
puc reducks

"Is it April first again???"

"I thought this was the 'Don't Touch My Junk' thread!"

"Is this post-Rapture Christianity at work?"

"Does anti-female circumcision get a committed movement in San Francisco, too?"

"How about an anti-female circumcision comic book for us?"


Puc wonders and ruminates.
scrutney

puc reducks wrote:
"Is it April first again???"

"I thought this was the 'Don't Touch My Junk' thread!"

"Is this post-Rapture Christianity at work?"

"Does anti-female circumcision get a committed movement in San Francisco, too?"

"How about an anti-female circumcision comic book for us?"


Puc wonders and ruminates.


are these heinous mohels compensated?
or do they just work for tips?

puc reducks

*groan*  Oh, you ARE the clever one!!!

LMAO!!!
coebul

Is Anthony David Weiner Jewish?
puc reducks

coebul wrote:
Is Anthony David Weiner Jewish?


Is the Pope Catholic?
bieramar

Isn't Jesus a Jew?  We know he had a wiener:
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/c.htm

And we can't forget the Adoration of the Baby Jesus' Holy Prepuce (a/k/a foreskin):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Prepuce
puc reducks

bieramar wrote:
Isn't Jesus a Jew?  We know he had a wiener:
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/c.htm

And we can't forget the Adoration of the Baby Jesus' Holy Prepuce (a/k/a foreskin):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Prepuce


History of Circumcision, please!
bieramar

As an intactivist I've been wondering about the "Don't touch my Junk Drawers" title all along.
coebul

Oh Gawd! slapping fore- head!
jasmine

coebul wrote:
Oh Gawd! slapping fore- head!


Pictures, pictures, are you going to tweet??
coebul

Sorry tweeting is a bit beyond my tech skills.  I facebook, email and this forum but tweeting?  Don't see why any one would be interested in my hourly activities I sure as hell aren't interested in anybody elses.
bieramar

Circumcision on the chopping block....

jasmine wrote:
Weiner was definitely out of line, but it should be between he and his wife and she should circumsize him with a big dull knife.


Although I suspect you may have been thinking "castrate" in lieu of "circumsize" (at least that's where my thoughts went!), I'll use your comment as a segué to the following article in The Jerusalem Post:

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Proposed San Francisco circumcision ban is challenged
   
06/23/2011
 
SAN FRANCISCO - Opponents of a proposition to ban circumcision in San Francisco are suing to have the measure removed from the November ballot, it was announced Wednesday.

A lawsuit was filed Wednesday in California Superior Court by plaintiffs including the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Anti-Defamation League, several physicians, and Jewish and Muslim families.

Although public opposition to the ballot measure has centered on religious freedom and the health benefits of circumcision, the lawsuit is more narrowly focused on the fact that medical procedures in California are regulated by the state, not by local municipalities.

California Bus & Prof. Code 460(b) denies any California city the power to restrict a state-licensed healing professional from performing any procedure that falls within the recognized scope of that profession. Thus, the lawsuit states, a ban on circumcision, which is a medical procedure under state protection, cannot legally be enacted by a city. Placing such a ban on a city ballot is invalid and a waste of money, the suit claims.

The ballot measure would make it a misdemeanor to circumcise any male under the age of 18 within city limits. Violators would face a $1,000 fine and a year in jail. It was placed on the November ballot in May by a coalition of anti-circumcision groups.

A similar ballot proposal in Santa Monica, California, was withdrawn by its supporters following the outcry generated by the San Francisco ballot measure, which some opponents claim is motivated by anti-Semitism.

Both Jews and Muslims circumcise their boys as part of their faith.
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Finally something Jews and Muslims can agree on.

=======and this=======

Circumcision funding cutbacks stoke angry debate

By David W Freeman
June 24, 2011

(CBS/AP) With cash-strapped states looking for ways to cut costs, circumcision is on the chopping block. Eighteen states have decided to cut funds for the procedure.

For years, lawmakers in Colorado considered doing away with funding for circumcisions under Medicaid - a move that would save the state $186,500 a year. Now facing a budget shortfall estimated to be $1 billion, lawmakers finally approved the change, which takes effect July 1.
"We were just looking at virtually every option and trying to decide what was absolutely urgent now," said Republican Sen. Kent Lambert. "I think 99 percent of it was completely economic."

South Carolina is another cash-strapped state to eliminate Medicaid payments for circumcisions. The change, which went into effect in February, was expected to save the state about $114,800 a year. States that also no longer fund circumcisions through Medicaid include Arizona, California, Florida, Maine and Louisiana....

Levin said his group is more concerned about places like San Francisco that are trying to ban the procedure because Jewish people see the ritual as sacred.

The World Health Organization reported that circumcisions are one of the most common procedures performed on newborn males in the U.S., but the practice is not as common in the rest of the world. About 75 percent of baby boys in the U.S. are circumcised, compared to 30 percent elsewhere, the organization said.

Whether circumcision is medically necessary is a matter of hot debate.

"It's really a pretty inexpensive procedure to perform, and so it's just a little penny-wise and dollar-poor," said Democratic Sen. Irene Aguilar, a primary care doctor at Denver Health.

She said circumcisions help prevent urinary tract infection and penile cancer and lower the rates of cervical cancer for men's sexual partners. She said she worried that doing away with funding for circumcisions would be discriminatory for Jewish and Muslim people on Medicaid.
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Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20074010-10391704.html
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Is there a Republican view of this procedure?  A Democratic one?
Liberal/left or conservative/right?

Should government at any level be involved?

Should taxpayers' dollars at any level of government be spent?

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