By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor
(CNN) - The nation’s largest evangelical Christian umbrella group has come out against San Francisco’s proposed circumcision ban, evidence that the voter initiative is beginning to galvanize national religious opposition.
Thursday’s announcement from the National Association of Evangelicals was noteworthy because unlike Jews and Muslims, Christians are not religiously mandated to practice circumcision.
“Jews, Muslims, and Christians all trace our spiritual heritage back to Abraham. Biblical circumcision begins with Abraham,” said National Association of Evangelicals president Leith Anderson. “No American government should restrict this historic tradition. Essential religious liberties are at stake."
Congress will hold a second hearing on “radicalization of the Muslim-American community,” next week, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King announced on Thursday night.
King’s first hearing on American Muslims, in March, sparked international controversy and attracted huge attention by the news media.
King, a New York Republican, said next Wednesday's hearing will focus on what he called “the threat of Muslim-American radicalization in U.S. prisons.”
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