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CA Evangelicals oppose circumcision ban

California's National Association of Evangelicals rallies against proposed San Francisco bill banning Jewish rite

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Published: 06.20.11, 07:49 / Israel Jewish Scene

Evangelicals have come out in opposition to a proposed ban on circumcision in northern California.


According to the Christian Post, the National Association of Evangelicals, which represents more than 45,000 local churches across Californian, issued a statement expressing solidarity with Jewish and Muslim leaders in their stance against the ban.


“While evangelical denominations traditionally neither require nor forbid circumcision, we join Jews and Muslims in opposing this ban and standing together for religious freedom," said NAE President Leith Anderson.


"Jews, Muslims, and Christians all trace our spiritual heritage back to Abraham. Biblical circumcision begins with Abraham. No American government should restrict this historic tradition. Essential religious liberties are at stake," he said.


Voters in San Francisco will have the chance to vote on a measure in November. If the controversial bill is passes, it would outlaw circumcision of male children. The bill makes no religious exemption and states that any violation of the law would be punishable with fines up to $1,000 or one year in jail.




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