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Circumcision and the ballot measure we'll never miss

June 8, 2011 | 12:56 pm

Bris It would have been nice to see the force behind the misguided anti-circumcision campaign in Santa Monica divorce herself, voicing appropriate disgust, from a movement that created a repulsively anti-Semitic comic to advance its cause online. Instead, we have to content ourselves with being grateful that Jena Troutman is too busy as a working mom to continue with her attempt to tell others how to parent.

This, of course, doesn't stop the equally outrageous San Francisco ballot measure from being voted on in November.

Matt Hess, the San Diego resident whose MGMbill organization is behind both signature-gathering efforts, created the comic "Foreskin Man" in which a blond, hunky superhero saves a baby boy from the "Monster Mohel," portrayed as a caricatured and hideous ultra-Orthodox Jew in traditional hat and prayer shawl, salivating as he wields a knife. A mohel is trained to perform circumcisions in the Jewish faith.

In a New York Times article, Hess says that the comic is simply told from a baby's point of view. But last time I looked, most babies didn't harbor outlandish anti-Semitic stereotypes.


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Photo: In San Francisco, Benjamin Abecassis rests on a pillow following his bris, a Jewish circumcision ceremony. Credit: Noah Berger / Associated Press

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