Jewish Community Leaders Criticize Proposed Ballot Measure Prohibiting Male Circumcision

November 17, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Board of Rabbis of Northern California and the American Jewish Committee today expressed great concern about a proposed ballot measure in San Francisco, which would make circumcision before the age of 18 a misdemeanor offense carrying a $1000 fine.

Male circumcision is a religious decision that is squarely within the legal rights of parents to make for their infant sons. For thousands of years, Jews around the world have engaged in this important religious ritual, which is of fundamental importance in the Jewish tradition. The organized Jewish community is deeply troubled by this initiative, which would interfere with the rights of parents to make religious decisions for their own families. Historically, people of all religions, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds sought a new life in the United States in pursuit of religious liberty. Further, male circumcision is a widely accepted general practice in this country. San Francisco has a tradition of embracing the diversity and respecting the religious customs of its citizens. We trust that the voters of San Francisco will see this proposed initiative as an affront to that tradition and to their freedom.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

The Jewish Community Relations Council is the public affairs and community relations umbrella for the organized Jewish community. Representing over 70 Jewish organizations and synagogues, JCRC works to pursue a just society and secure Jewish future.

The Board of Rabbis of Northern California is the religious arm of the Jewish Community and represents all facets of Judaism.

The American Jewish Committee has worked since 1906 to safeguard Jewish life and to protect the

dignity of all people.

SOURCE Anti-Defamation League

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