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Sherman Oaks, CA - Jewish and Muslim Congressmen To Introduce Bill To Protect 'Bris Milah'

Published on: June 14, 2011 08:09 PM
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Sherman Oaks, CA - Reacting to recent efforts to advance ballot measures banning circumcision of underage males in California cities, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) is set to introduce a bill that would prevent municipalities nationwide from prohibiting the procedure.

“Religious freedom is a federal issue, and medical practice is a state issue, maybe a federal issue as well,” Sherman said today. “Neither of them is in the proper realm of cities.”


The exact language of Sherman’s bill, the Religious and Parental Rights Defense Act of 2011, hadn’t been released as of press time, but Sherman said the bill would be presented to the House Judiciary Committee today or tomorrow. Sherman also said that he was gathering co-sponsors. “One of note is Keith Ellison,” Sherman said, referring to the Minnesota Democrat, the first Muslim American to be elected to Congress.

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 Jun 15, 2011 at 07:24 AM UseYourHead Says:

He is a key member of Congress!


 Jun 15, 2011 at 10:09 AM YossieR Says:

If they ban circumcision, are they also going to ban ear piercing?


 Jun 15, 2011 at 10:31 AM Internet-Assur Says:

how about getting shots? will that not be allowed because the newborn didn't "choose" the shots? how about if the baby needs a surgery? if the baby needs a new heart or kidney?


 Jun 15, 2011 at 12:01 PM clear-thinker Says:

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YossieR Says:

If they ban circumcision, are they also going to ban ear piercing?

Silly question. The proposed law is to ban circumcision of children below a certain age. Ear piercing is another issue. Obviously, the proposed law is wrong. Rather than making jokes we should be happy to have the support of any community.


 Jun 15, 2011 at 12:27 PM mj00056 Says:

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YossieR Says:

If they ban circumcision, are they also going to ban ear piercing?

This is Not equivalent. Cicumcision can be looked at as a permanent "genital modification" (or even a mutilation,in the case of females) The ear hole can and will clear itself up and close over time. Circumcision should not be foisted on the general public and practically demanded at the hospitals these days. I am Not in favor of it for "health" purposes, incidentally I am whole-heartedly for it


 Jun 15, 2011 at 04:25 PM ShmuelG Says:

May not be a bad idea. But is it really necessary? And why give this stupid San Francisco referendum more attention than it deserves? At the very least, first, let the people of SF defeat this moronic referendum on its own merit, which I think is inevitable, and then, if San Franciscans prove they have no brains, proceed with this proposed law.


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