Jews, Muslims Fight Circumcision Ban

Opponents go to court after Herrera declines to get involved, citing conflict as mayoral candidate

Muslims and Jews came together Wednesday on the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall to defend the right to circumcise their male children.

Representatives of two of the world’s great monotheistic religions are named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit that aims to knock a proposed circumcision ban off the November ballot. The suit was filed in San Francisco Superior Court, after which a collection of Jews, Muslims, doctors, and mohels — Jews trained in the practice of circumcision — gathered to speak out against criminalization of the ancient ritual.

Jenny Benjamin, a member of Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco, was named as a plaintiff in the suit, which argued that she and her husband Jeremy “will be injured by the initiative because if they were to have a son, they would not be able to circumcise their son in San Francisco.”

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