Circumcision ban would violate our civil liberties

Anti-circumcision activist Lloyd Schofield’s proposed ban on circumcision is yet another attack on our civil liberties by the progressives of our city.

Not only is it an attack on our right to religious freedom, as it violates our ability to practice either Islam or Judaism without government interference, but it is also an attack on our rights over our own bodies. Under this proposed law, a male under the age of 18 would not be permitted to get a circumcision. According to California law, a female minor can not only get an abortion, but can do so without parental permission or notification.

Why, then, can a male minor not get a circumcision, on his or his parents’ own accord? Not only would this violate our rights, but would do so on sexist and anti-religious grounds, as we do not restrict female minors from having rights over their own bodies or Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and countless other groups from practicing their own religions without government restrictions.

Alexander Fulbright, San Francisco

Obamacare waivers unfair

When the Obama administration granted waivers from Obamacare to McDonald’s and 30 others, I became disenchanted. It seems that if you grease the right palms, you can avoid laws that would immediately hurt your business. There is no longer the need to go to Mexico to do business because Mexican-style corruption is here.

With the unfairness of Obamacare waivers, I immediately became an opponent of Obamacare. I had been forcing myself to look for anything positive about it, but I see it was wrong.

Like many Americans, as long as I could go to Starbucks and pay my mortgage, I didn’t really recognize exactly what was taking place and the threat to our republic. I have always been blessed to know the joy of American liberty and equality.

But Obamacare has shown itself antithetical to that liberty. Compelling me or any American to buy something that we might not want is destructive to an American core value.

Richard King, Palo Alto

TSA should not unionize

To encourage the unionization of TSA workers is pure folly.

One sweeping look about the country and it is obvious that a vast amount of union laborers hold the branding iron and care only about the paycheck and have little pride in their work.

There was a time a person was diligent because the product served or sold was a calling card of sorts. Now it is: “Speak to my union representative about that matter. I got rights.”

William J. Coburn, San Francisco

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