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June 7th, 2011
04:18 PM ET

Opinion: Parents, not government, should decide on circumcision

Editor's note: LZ Granderson writes a weekly column for CNN.com. A senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, he has contributed to ESPN's "Sports Center," "Outside the Lines" and "First Take."

By LZ Granderson, CNN Contributor

Grand Rapids, Michigan - Just so I'm clear, the state of California is broke, right?

Californians are facing billions in tax hikes and spending cuts that could mean more cutbacks in services and givebacks by state workers.

And yet, for some reason the debate over foreskin has a place.

You read me right, anti-circumcision activists convinced thousands in San Francisco to sign a petition, and now in the fall voters will decide whether to ban the procedure from being performed on boys younger than 18. Don't laugh, Santa Monica was looking at a similar vote up until this week, and the organization responsible for this movement wants to see this on the ballot all over the country.

I can see the lawn signs now - Circumcisions: Nip 'Em in the Bud.

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Filed under: California • Judaism • Opinion • Politics • Religious liberty • Sexuality

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  1. Bill Wood

    No parent has a right to mutilate the genitals of their children ... not even for religious reasons.

    July 4, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
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