Foreskin Frenzy! Russell Crowe, San Francisco, and alleged anti-Semitism!

Peculiar controversies are by no means to peculiar to San Francisco.  But this one may take the cake for 2011.  The subject?  Foreskin rights.  As the SF Gate reported:

There’s only one ballot measure San Franciscans are sure to be voting on this November: a ban on circumcision.

Department of Elections officials today certified that the fellows who call themselves “intactivists” did indeed persuade enough city voters to sign their petition making circumcision on anybody under 18 a misdemeanor, even for religious reasons. It would be punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail.

The petitioners cleared the cut-off point by inches. (Consider yourself warned: We’ll be making these jokes for months.) They needed 7,168 signatures and got 7,743.

Supporters of a ban say it’s a cruel, unnecessary practice akin to cutting off a baby’s ear or nose. Opponents say the ban, even if passed by voters, would never hold up in court.

Sadly, not all participating opponents of circumcision were philoderms (my made up word for “lover of skin”). Pajams Media unhooded the ugly head of anti-Semitism amid the debate:

As you may have heard by now, San Francisco will be voting this November on whether or not to ban circumcision in the city.

Defenders of the measure say it’s all about “human rights” and “protecting babies” from unnecessary procedures.

But critics suspected there was something vaguely anti-Semitic about the whole proposal, since among Jews (and Muslims, as well) circumcising male babies is a religious duty, not just a mistaken medical procedure.

Ban proponents insisted their proposal had nothing to do with Jews — really, it’s all about the rights of children.

Well, any doubt that they were lying have now been dispelled, with the publication of new campaign literature for the upcoming circumcision ban. The campaign comic book, called “Foreskin Man,” after its baby-saving superhero, features a litany of evil Jews doing battle with blond Nordic saviors.

Yes, really.

(Oh, and did I mention the artist’s last name is Hess? A relative of Rudolf, perhaps?)

Below you will find a selection of images taken from Foreskin Man, the campaign brochure for San Francisco’s anti-circumcision ballot measure. You tell me: anti-Semitic or not?

Go here to see the comic book pictures (I’ve posted some on at the bottom of this page).  Pretty disgusting.

Thanks to Pajamas Media and other Hebrew Hammers (defenders of Jews) the leader of the anti-circumcision cut short her legislative efforts, fearful that the movement had become too anti-Semitic. Fox News Reports.

A few days elapsed without comment.  But Russell Crowe blew the cap off the issue today by calling circumcision “barbaric” and comparing it to human sacrifice.

The Daily Telegraphy reports:

The Oscar-winning actor laballed the practice “barbaric and stupid” during a row with his Twitter followers, telling them to “f— off” if they disagreed with him.

The 47-year-old engaged in an angry exchange with one follower, whom he branded a “moron”, before imploring Jewish people to “stop cutting your babies”.

I’m sure there’s more to come.  We’ll cover it periodically.  Major h/t to Cory Andrews for his tips on these stories.