From an NPR piece about how the Feds are considering cutting Medicaid funding for circumcision.
I find the argument that "cutting Medicaid for circumcision would hurt
poor Jews" to be very odd. This means that the Federal government has
been cutting chèques to mohels this whole while, not to hospitals? It
seems like saying that cutting Federal money for Christening gowns would
hurt poor Catholics. The argument that the Federal government should
"continue to fund" a given religious practice strikes me as being on
shaky ground from a 1st Amendment point of view.
I think that Jewish people need to get firmly behind the termination of
so-called "medical routine infant circumcision" (RIC). Mutilating the
genitals of an infant is almost certainly a horrible thing (and rabbis
at least admit this) and the burden of proof that it's appropriate lies
firmly on the holder of the knife. However, doing it to uphold the
Covenant of Abraham is at least a reason. Secular circumcision has no
such reason, except for these vague, constantly shifting ex post facto
status quo apologia such as "hygiene" or "prevents AIDS" or other such
transparent nonsense. It will be put a stop to, and if it turns into a
big fight, the bris and hospital circumcision being convolved is
ultimately going to put American Judaism in a bad position, e.g.,
circumcision being made generally illegal, like it is for females in the
US now since the 1950s, by Title 19. "Hospital circumcision" needs to
be put down immediately and quietly, and Jews need to get behind it so
that they can remain free to deal with the issue of "religious
circumcision" on their own, without government interference.