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Yes, circumcision is badJewish groups, which keep a low profile on Iran and other really important issues, have mobilized to fight a proposed ban on circumcision in San Francisco.

In a secular state, we believe, they are wrong and the proponents of the ban are right. Jews argue that the ban violates freedom of religion. Nonsense. Adults are free to practice their religious beliefs to their own detriment, but not to the detriment of their children. Thus, the time-honored religious practice of sacrificing children would surely be outlawed. An eight-day-old child cannot be said to enjoy freedom of religion. In a secular state, he must be able to choose his own religion when grown up rather than having one imprinted on him by his parents.

Jews do not circumcise for health reasons. We circumcised even when the surgery was dangerous. A commandment observed for any reason other than fear of God is not counted as observed. So by circumcision we do not seek to confer health benefits on our children. In the world of modern hygiene there is no conceivable health advantage to circumcision, and it quite possibly leads to sexual disadvantages.

Overall, circumcision means harm to the child because of his parents’ religious beliefs. Often the parents are atheists, and harm their child simply as a matter of tradition.

We must observe commandments whether they are good or bad for us or for others. And so we must circumcise our children even though it is probably bad for them. But we cannot expect a secular state to uphold that right.

Prosecutors have announced plans to demand capital punishment for the two Arab murderers of the Fogel family. Normally, prosecutors seek only jail term for terrorist murderers. But those two Arabs are not members of either Fatah or Hamas, so Israel can execute them without offending her ‘peace partners.’ Even so, their execution will be postponed indefinitely. The murderers will live in a comfortable jail costing Israeli taxpayers about $30,000 a head per year—and then be released in a prisoner swap and return to Palestine as heroes. The murderers will receive a cash allowance from the Israeli government and a state-employee salary from the PA, also financed by Israeli tax transfers.

The prosecution did not miss the chance to implicate settlers in the murder, trumpeting the fact that the Arabs used an M-16 stolen from a settler’s empty house. But the Arabs certainly had other weapons with them: they could not have counted on finding weapons in the village. Also suspicious is the official line that after firing multiple shots from the M-16, the Arabs did not retreat quickly, but returned to seek more weapons even though the shots would have aroused the neighbors.

NATO aircraft attacked and damaged eight ships in Tripoli harbor. Even if we buy the official line that those were Gadhafi’s Navy ships, they never took part in any attacks on civilians, which did not happen in the first place.

Obama is a commissar-type ultra-leftist who disregards the law. Under his guidance, the NATO has turned into a lawless bunch who openly ignore the UNSC resolutions. This attitude has boosted Russian influence in the Muslim world. The Cold War-era positions have been reversed, with Russia becoming a conservative power and the United States provoking revolutions worldwide.

Ships in Tripoli harbor after NATO strike

May 2011
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