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Russell Crowe Anti-Circumcision Twitter Rant

Circumcision Increasingly Up For Debate

These days it seems like circumcision is the new abortion, at least if you compare the heated rhetoric surrounding the debate. Russell Crowe angered some fans after he took to his Twitter feed this week to call circumcision "barbaric and stupid." While Eli Roth, the Jewish director of Russell's new film, says it was just a joking exchange between friends, the reaction to the tweets offers more evidence that circumcision is a hot button issue.

Russell tweeted: "Who are you to correct nature? Is it real that GOD requires a donation of foreskin? Babies are perfect." He also wrote to Eli Roth, "I love my Jewish friends, I love the apples and the honey and the funny little hats but stop cutting yr babies @eliroth." He has since apologized for any distress he caused and said he was very sorry if his tweets were seen as "mocking the rituals and traditions of others." And Eli Roth has subsequently said that he and Russell were just teasing each other.

Joke or not, the Oscar winner isn't the only one to use harsh language against the practice. In San Francisco, one anticircumcision advocate has successfully put a measure on the ballot that would ban the practice, which he calls "genital mutilation," within the city limits. Anyone who violates the law would face a $1,000 fine and up to one year in jail.

Parents have to weigh various factors when deciding whether to go forward with circumcision, and in fact, the rate has dropped in the US to only 32 percent of baby boys. But as one San Francisco rabbi says, taking away that choice from parents "threatens a liberal society; it's so dictatorial; it's so over the top." Do you agree?

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StephenK StephenK 5 years
Sorry for not posting weblink to article, here is the weblink to Eli Ungar-Saron - article and video.
StephenK StephenK 5 years
Putting comic books and knee jerk claims of anti semitism aside, some people do come to this debate with important logical and ethical questions. From the ethical and legal standpoint, it is hard to reconcile current Federal law which protects a female infant from having even a single drop of blood drawn for religious/cultural reasons, and then refuses to grant (14th amdt) equal protection of law to another infant simply because it is male. A good article on this subject - Outlawing Circumcision by Eli Ungar-Saron. A logical approach to the ethical and religious points of this debate. "At the heart of the current controversy are three fundamental questions. First, is circumcising an infant wrong? Second, should infant circumcision be against the law? And third, would banning circumcision infringe on the rights of those who practice it as part of their religions?" Eli is also an independent filmaker that produced - "Cut: Slicing thru the myths of Circumcision"
ReeceM ReeceM 6 years
Lloyd Schofield, a San Francisco resident, has successfully compiled 7,700 correct signatures in his campaign to legally prohibit male circumcision. His proposal will be on the city's November ballot. City election officials have confirmed it. However, he's being opposed by U.S. Representative Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), who is suggesting a bill, called the Religious and Parental Rights Defense Act of 2011, which tries to stop San Francisco and other cities from prohibiting circumcision. The proof is here: San Francisco to vote on circumcision issue,
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
it's not mentioned in islam, but it's a very common practice. anyway, i think it's up to the parents. i personally do not find it barbaric, because, as burkina pointed out, "Whether her son has his foreskin or not, doesn't effect a thing."
Burkina Burkina 6 years
^ Nope
Larien Larien 6 years
Judaism is not the only religion that demands circumcision, Islam also demands it.
Burkina Burkina 6 years
You can't leave Judaism out of it when it is the only religion that demands circumcision, specifically on the 8th day. People of all religions circimcise their children though, but their reasons are different. Racism should most definately be left out though. I don't know what insults you're talking about but hate-speech towards Jews is wrong.
katialoves katialoves 6 years
Elka the anti semitism is definitely unfortunate. I wish people would leave Judaism out of this as it is not only Jews who get their sons circumsized. Russel Crowe should not have singled them out even if he did so affectionately. the fact is the rights of the baby should always come first. Feeling that does not mean i have anything against Jews or anything else that they practice. Those comics being disgustingly hateful does not make violent circumcision, which the comics oppose, a fair choice.
Burkina Burkina 6 years
I think while we are at it, we might as well LIST all the facts. A post about the myths of circumcision would be eye-opening to many. Not everyone can see through the "hygiene" myth.
Burkina Burkina 6 years
Circumcision is not a medically necessary surgery. And yes I said surgery because that is what it is. I dare you to look up footage of the procedure. Your opinions might change drastically. I also don't think you can compare this to abortion. Being pregnant has a huge effect on a woman's life. Whether her son has his foreskin or not, doesn't effect a thing.
katialoves katialoves 6 years
i totally agree with comment #3. the thing is, despite the fact that parents have different religous perspectives and ways of raising their families, and those are their perogatives; the problem with circumcision (aside from pain and risk of the baby's death) is that it is an irreversible physical change on a person who doesn't have a say in it compared to the abortion debate because the timelines of its legality and popularity are quite different. also, even as a pro-life person i have to admit that abortion will probably always be desired by this or that person for this or that reason everywhere in the world. in contrast it is common knowledge that circumcision is not at all popular in europe or asia (aside from south korea where it became popular after the war and the american influence.) also in contrast with abortion, there is no sympathy for anyone else, only for the baby boy. in the abortion debate there is the mother, other poor children she may have, etc. even being pro-life i have to admit that i dont think abortion would ever stop completely, though i hope it will decrease as time goes on. circumsicion, on the other hand, has no real benefit and i believe that within 100 years it will be looked back at as a barbaric practice. i mean europe is doing fine without it as china and hong kong have been for a long long time too~ i dont know if any of it is true i read today that there are Jewish and Israeli movements against it, also that in the US its illegal to prick an infant girl near/on her genitals to draw a ceremonious drop of blood, even though that is much less invasive and has no long-term consequences. hypocritical, no?
amber512 amber512 6 years
I think it's up to the parents. Everyone has their own opinion on this and I think while it's not for everyone, those who wish to do it for religious or other reasons should be allowed to do so.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
I can definitely see both sides of this, this is a tough one. I would never mutilate my son, he can make the choice in the future if he wants to get it done. I don't know if laws should ban it though.
SugarKat SugarKat 6 years
It's unfortunate that babies aren't born speaking and being able to make choices like this one. It's not a parent's body that is being discussed. I didn't do it for my son and he can choose to do it later if HE chooses. Back in biblical times, it made sense because they didn't have the hygiene that we have now, but it doesn't make sense to me to mutilate any party of a kid.
KWM KWM 6 years
Just like abortion it should be a personal right to choose not dictated by any laws
Elka-Karl Elka-Karl 6 years
I honestly think this is a choice that parents must decide for themselves after looking at all of the facts. What's been most disturbing to me in the recent debate is the anti-Semitic rhetoric and imagery that's surfaced, such as the comic book character "Monster Mohel" that honestly reminds me of something out of Nazi-era Germany.
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