Somewhere in the vast wastelands of the internet there must be a blog which does nothing but monitor the denizens of San Francisco, 24 x 7, to keep track of all the mind boggling things that go on there. If such a portal already exists, I’m sure they’ll be all over this story in no time at all.

San Francisco may vote on banning male circumcision

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A group opposed to male circumcision said on Tuesday they have collected more than enough signatures to qualify a proposal to ban the practice in San Francisco as a ballot measure for November elections.

But legal experts said that even if it were approved by a majority of the city’s voters, such a measure would almost certainly face a legal challenge as an unconstitutional infringement on freedom of religion.

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.

The leading proponent of a ban, Lloyd Schofield, 59, acknowledged circumcision is widely socially accepted but he said it should still be outlawed.

Lloyd clearly has a lot of free time on his hands, a point driven home in the article when he “would not discuss his current occupation but previously worked for hotels in the San Francisco Bay area.” Clearly the type of medical / religious expert we need to call in to snip this in the bud wrestle this important issue to the ground.

Restrictions of Obamacare aside, this type of proposal goes straight to the heart of nanny state concerns. Obviously the practice is important to many families, particularly – as the article notes – those of both Jewish and Muslim faith. This isn’t a decision for the government to be making at any level, and the fact that San Francisco would even consider the idea is outrageous.

Of course, it may not even make it into the law books. So why bother covering a story like this? I suppose the only good reason is to highlight Ed Driscoll’s quick take headline, which surely deserves a standing ovation:

Making a Mountain of a Mohel

You may now insert painful groans in the comment section at your leisure.

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