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Jewish Groups Sue City Over Snip-N-Suck Circumcision Rule

 
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12/27/2012 03:37 PM
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Jewish Groups Sue City Over Snip-N-Suck Circumcision Rule
Last month, the Board of Health unanimously approved a circumcision consent form that requires parents to sign a waiver before their infant can undergo the "metzitzah b’peh"; ritual, the circumcision practice in which a mohel sucks the blood from a just snipped foreskin. Rabbis protested outside that meeting, claiming this decision was Bloomberg's "blood libel"—and now, they've sued the city, saying their First Amendment rights have been violated.

“Not only is the Department of Health wrong about metzitzah b’peh, it is trying to enforce erroneous opinions on the people of New York City,” spokesman Hank Sheinkopf said in a statement. “By essentially starting a public intimidation campaign that forces private citizens to spread the government’s beliefs, they are shaking the core of our democracy. We believe the courts will stop this overzealous government overreach and keep them out of our speech and religion.”

[link to gothamist.com]

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12/27/2012 04:12 PM
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Re: Jewish Groups Sue City Over Snip-N-Suck Circumcision Rule
Mohel: "But I really, really enjoy sucking the blood from a freshly circumsized penis! Please don't take away my 1st amendment right!"

This is why I'm not Jewish... Not sure where in the Torah or the Talmud where it says this must be done?

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