New York Bans Two Herpes-Spreading Jewish Circumcisers, But Won’t Identify Them, Citing “Privacy Concerns”

Lawlessness and ritual circumcision are frequent bedfellows.

We’ve seen that some New York City mohels who put their mouths on a baby’s freshly-cut penis to suck away the blood don’t always bother to get the parents’ written permission, no matter what the city’s rules are.

Just as amazingly, when the infant contracts herpes, as has happened more than a dozen times, the parents have been known to shield the mohel by refusing to identify him to the authorities, leaving the diseased holy man free to infect the next baby, and so on.



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Against God’s Will? Pious Lifeguard Unsure Whether to Save Drowning Man (Hint: It’s Satire)

The Onion has the harrowing account of an existential dilemma faced by God-believer Blake Dunphy, a lifeguard who

… found himself mentally shackled by the question of whether to save a swimmer currently thrashing for his life or allow destiny to take its course unfettered.



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Two More New York Infants Given Herpes in Jewish Mouth-to-Penis Ritual

The Hebrew term metzitzah b’peh (MBP) describes a ritual practiced by some ultra-Orthodox Jewish circumcisers in which they orally suck the blood away from an infant’s penis after cutting away his foreskin. The practice, which we previously covered here and here, is exactly as unhygienic and indefensible as it sounds, frequently resulting in the transmission of communicable diseases, and sometimes even in brain damage and death.

Two additional Jewish infants just received more than a circumcision — the mohels who sucked them off suctioned away the blood with their mouths gave them a case of full-blown herpes.

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Group That Evangelizes to Young Children Comes Under Scrutiny From Activists and Media

A couple of weeks ago, Hemant blogged about a international organization called the Child Evangelism Fellowship that thinks it’s cool to indoctrinate kids as young as four with talk of hell and damnation. CEF had picked relatively godless Portland, Oregon as its next battle ground, and the plan was to send more than a hundred missionaries into the city to form “Good News Clubs,” whose goal is to “harvest” children for Jesus.

A protest group, Protect Portland Children, rose to the challenge and took out an ad in the local alt-weekly to explain:



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Clergy at Mosque in City of Brotherly Love Are Accused of Trying to Cut Off Alleged Thief’s Hand

How about a little vigilante “justice” to go with your God-belief? You’d think this might happen in Riyadh or Islamabad. Instead, the following attempt at Sharia enforcement took place in Philadelphia.

Two men described as leaders of a Philadelphia mosque were accused of trying to cut off the hand of a suspected thief, whose wrist was sliced so deeply it required hospital treatment, police said on Friday.

The 46-year-old victim said two officials in the mosque accused him of stealing jars of money from the house of worship after morning prayers on Monday.



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