Is Glenn Beck onto something with regard to San Francisco's proposal to ban male circumcision? We usually take the Teary-Eyed One's theories about a dark global conspiracy involving lefty academics, socialists, the Obama Administration, and Islamic militants with a giant grain of salt. But these days Beck is anxious about what he sees as an international movement to wipe out the state of Israel, and he's pointed to the San Francisco proposal as a sign of growing anti-Semitism within the activist left. Well, if this Chronicle report on the anti-circumcision literature circulating in the city is any indication, he might have a point.
We know enough liberals that we're not surprised when they don't care about religious freedom or the rights of parents. But there is something different about this circumcision ban. Our two blog posts on the subject have received an unusual number of comments that, well, we weren't comfortable printing (you'll have to trust us on this one). And this story only underscores the possibility of darker motives behind it.