Ken Blackwell

CNN contributor LZ Granderson got it right. He’s posted an online video taking issue with the San Francisco gay activists who want government to ban circumcision for little boys.

Keep the government out of this family decision, says Granderson. Strange, isn’t it, that the Left wing folks who are forever telling us they want to keep the government out of our bedrooms now want to invade the delivery room?

There are abundant reasons to approve this simple and effective surgery. The public health reasons are compelling. It’s safer for women, safer for men. Shouldn’t that be enough? Despite the strong case for infant circumcision, none of us would support a ballot initiative that forced parents to circumcise their sons.

There’s another side of this story, one that Granderson only hints at, and that’s anti-Semitism. It’s becoming increasingly clear that anti-Semitism is alive and well in this country. And it’s more often to be seen these days on the political Left.

The passage of this outrageous ballot initiative would be just one more way of poking the eye of Jews, of helping in the worldwide effort to de-legitimize the State of Israel. What are Jewish parents in San Francisco to do if this passes? Will it force them to seek OB/GYNs to deliver their children outside the city limits? What is this but a none-too-subtle way of saying Juden Raus—Jews get out.

Hollywood biggie Russell Crowe could not resist wading into the waters of controversy this week when he tweeted on this topic. “Circumcision is barbaric and stupid,” he wrote. “Who are you to correct nature?” He even appealed personally to Jewish friends to cease and desist from this practice dating back to Abraham. "I love my Jewish friends, I love the apples and the honey and the funny little hats, but stop cutting your babies," he tweeted.

For some reason, Crowe’s Jewish friends thought God’s Word was more revealing on this point than an actor in and out of trouble with the law. The Academy Award winner soon found out the Book of Russell was not quite as authoritative as the Book of Genesis. He quickly retreated, apologizing and assuring us that he did not mean to mock “the rituals and traditions of others.”

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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