A/N: It has been brought to my attention that, in the following article, I have misused the term “Semantic” in place of the term “Semitic”. Whether this is due to my own inability to think whilst typing this or due to spellchecks ever-constant need to make me look like an idiot, I am not sure however I ask you to overlook this mistake in lieu of understanding the overarching point of the article. Thank you.
The article above explains how, among other things, the Arizona birther law which is currently on the desk of the governor would allow them to use circumcision as proof of citizenship. While this is, in and of itself, a form of insanity that I was hoping never to see in this country (mind you, the only reason for wanting to pass this law is that a large number of people are trying to prove that the current President is NOT a citizen because the law in Hawaii, where he was born, prevents his original birth certificate from being copied or leaving the hospital in which he was born. They have verified it is on record and granted the public access to their “public files” which are what Hawaii uses instead of the actual birth certificate, so there really should be no problem) my actual problem has nothing to do with the fact that they are constantly trying to oust the President and everything to do with the fact that they are lending credence to the idea that certain “types” of people (read religious and white) are more “American” than others as well as to the idea that circumcision is not only a viable choice for a child, but one that should be made.
Now, first off, given the number of religious traditions in this country (not to mention the number of individuals who do not ascribe to a religion) there is a good chance that a male child born to a couple that legally lives here would not want to have their child circumcised as it is traditionally held to be a semantic (Jewish, Christian, Muslim) tradition. So, what this law is subtly intonating is that a REAL American is one of these three religions (most likely they want it to be ONLY Christian, but it’s difficult to narrow it down that far using only a newborns penis). This is infuriating enough on its own, considering that a large population here is not one of the semantic religions, however it’s not the part that really has my panties in a knot, so to speak.
What annoys me the most (actually I suppose annoy isn’t the best term…more like enrage) is the undertone that this bill carries with it that “circumcision is good”. Now, I don’t know what kind of culture most of the individuals who wrote this bill grew up in (I’m guessing overly religious and most likely highly patriarchal) but where I come from we have a tendency to refer to experts on matters that we can’t fully comprehend because we don’t have the proper training or background. In the case of medical issues, such as surgery, we tend to refer to physicians or other members of the medical community. This is where I and my peers should come in…however it seems that the writers of this bill forgot to add this step.
Every day, in almost all of the “first world” countries, circumcision is debunked more and more by the medical community. It is a pointless, painful (there is no anesthetic used for a procedure in which a heated metal blade cuts the most sensitive portion of the human body) procedure which is pushed solely for religious reasons and is, in general, rejected by the medical community at large. People will argue that it “looks cleaner”…well so concrete but I doubt you want me to plow down all the city parks in the name of cleanliness. Some will argue about medical problems that can occur only in the uncircumcised, and there are some, however the incidence of them occurring is almost identical if not less numerous to the incidence of “surgical accidents” that occur during circumcision surgery (and, mind you, the medical problems of those who maintain their foreskin can be fixed with medical intervention almost 100%…you can’t just go find a “new penis” to attach if you fuck up the one the boy has during surgery) Also, I would like to point out that most cases of medical problems involving the foreskin are 100% causally linked to IMPROPER CLEANING REGIMEN. This means that, unless you are planning on being a terrible parent and never telling your child to go take a bath, these problems should not exist in the modern world.
So then, here we have a bill who’s sole purpose is to promote an outdated religious tradition in a secular government while (hopefully) proving that the president is not a citizen so that he can be removed from office and an old white man can take his place and run things like they should be run (by cutting taxes for the rich and stealing from the poor)…sounds like a perfect bill to me…maybe some people should go sign a petition or something…