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The Evil That Will Not Die

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An Evil That Will Not Die

Predictably, last week's piece on MGM Bill's attempt to make circumcision on any male under the age of 18 a misdemeanor ("After the Rapture") brought in a ton of comments -- both positive and negative. Not so predictably -- at least from my perhaps naive point of view -- much of the negative commentary came from fellow Jews who expressed the belief that circumcision is, in the words of one correspondent, ". . . utterly barbaric." Several writers opined that I was undoubtedly ". . . one of those close-minded rabbis who are bound by a bunch of medieval laws."

Far from it; I've always considered myself to be a fairly traditional Jew possessed of a wicked sense of humor. "Close-minded?" Anything but.

Nonetheless, there was something greatly unsettling about all these coreligionists marching in lockstep with Matthew Hess, MGM Bill, and their contention that circumcision is mutilation. I had the sense that they were blithely supporting a wolf in sheep's clothing. For as much as Hess might claim that his group's sole aim is "to be pro-human rights," I sensed a familiar pungency emanating from just beneath the surface. And so, I started doing a bit more research . . . and discovered Matthew Hess' comic book, "Foreskin Man."

Simply stated, "Foreskin Man" is a baldfaced anti-Semitic tract. Check it out for yourself. As with all comic books, "Foreskin Man" has heroes and villains. In this case, the heroes are blond-haired and fair-skinned. The principal villains are all dark, hook-nosed and wearing Chasidic garb. 

 "Foreskin Man," is the alter-ego of Miles Hastwick, "a former corporate scientist who now heads the Museum of Genital Integrity on a small island surrounded by San Diego's famous beaches." Hastwick's arch enemy is "Monster Mohel." "Nothing," we are told, "excites Monster Mohel more than cutting into the penile flesh of an eight-day old infant boy. And after the glorified brit milah is complete, the delicious metzizah b'peh provides the icing on the cake." (I will not go into a description of metzizah b'peh, an ancient and rarely performed aspect of the bris. I myself have attended easily more than 250 britot, and have yet to see this done. In any event, whoever is ultimately responsible for this comic book, they have certainly done their homework, for 'metzizah b'peh' isn't the kind of ritual that a mere casual student of Jewish ritual would know or have heard of.)

You will forgive the comment, but Foreskin Man is straight out of Joseph Goebbels' most erotic dreams. It contains the kinds of disturbing, stereotypic images one would associate with Julius Streicher's Der Sturmer . . .

No matter how long or hard Matthew Hess denies any anti-Semitic overtones in his MGM Bill campaign, Foreskin Man shows him and his campaign for what it truly is: a anti-Semitic wolf in sheep's clothing. Hess can proclaim his concern for "human rights" until all the seas turn to lemonade. That will not change the fact that he is promulgating and perpetuating some of history's most evil, wicked and execrable stereotypes -- that of the leering, rapacious, immoral Jew.

Any and all Jewish folks who support MGM Bill's contention that circumcision is mutilation and thus should be outlawed, would do well to consider just whose lead they are following. For they are unwittingly joining the ranks of those who have no problem stoking an evil that simply will not die.

-2011 Kurt F. Stone

Kurt Stone is a rabbi, writer, lecturer, political activist, professor, actor, and medical ethicist. A true "Hollywood brat" (born and raised in the film industry), Kurt was educated at the University of California, the Eagleton Institute of (more...)

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Having seen the Hess tract, I can agree that there... by Stuart Chisholm on Sunday, Jun 5, 2011 at 2:17:33 PM
Inserting any "other ideas" like "moral concepts",... by BFalcon on Monday, Jun 6, 2011 at 7:40:07 AM
Circumcision is healthier for everyone. Generally ... by molly cruz on Sunday, Jun 5, 2011 at 11:08:19 PM
Why do you think they call them pus-sy?... by Ned Lud on Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011 at 9:54:01 AM
That regular people can vote to make doctors', and... by John Jonik on Sunday, Jun 5, 2011 at 11:55:49 PM
Repubicans are obsessive about other peoples genit... by bogi666 on Monday, Jun 6, 2011 at 6:56:06 AM
Please source this remarkable fact. I have read ne... by John Reed on Monday, Jun 6, 2011 at 7:53:57 PM
 Wasn't it someone with the name John Reed, R... by bogi666 on Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011 at 4:18:59 AM
Actually, John Reed (1887-1920) was about as far a... by Kurt F. Stone on Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011 at 8:10:52 AM
I did not say Reed was a Bircher, I said he was th... by bogi666 on Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011 at 1:22:21 PM
Standing naked in the public square does not becom... by John Reed on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 6:59:16 AM
I kinda like bogi because he reminds me of some of... by Ned Lud on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 8:06:54 AM
This dipshit Kurt Stone, should check out 'the chi... by Ned Lud on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 8:14:33 AM
I did sense in Bogi's post here, and others of his... by John Reed on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 1:16:43 PM
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You are one of the few people who can honestly ass... by Clark on Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011 at 3:26:52 PM