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HEY ACLU: STOP DEFENDING MALE GENITAL MUTILATION!

Date: 
Sunday, December 7, 2014 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: 
ILWU Local 34
Address: 
801 Second St, San Francisco, California

JOIN BAY AREA INTACTIVISTS AS WE DEMAND THAT THE ACLU STOPS DEFENDING THE GENITAL MUTILATION OF CHILDREN!

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California will hold a fundraiser at the ILWU Local 34 Union Hall (next to AT&T Park) on Sunday, December 7. Human rights activists will protest outside the event venue to condemn the ACLU's work denying boys equal protection from genital mutilation.

In 2011, the ACLUNC viciously fought the San Francisco MGM Bill, a ballot initiative to restrict non-therapeutic circumcision to consenting adults. The ACLU argued that boys should not be protected from forced genital cutting and that parents should be able to subject their sons to ritual genital cutting in order to satisfy their religious beliefs.

Joining forces with the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the ACLUNC brought about a lawsuit against the city of San Francisco to have the ballot initiative (which received support from over 12,000 San Francisco voters) removed from the ballot thus squelching democracy and denying the the voters their voice.

Later that year, the ACLUNC charged ahead with AB 768, a state law which prohibits any city in California from protecting boys from forced and unnecessary genital cutting.

In response to outrage from the community over these actions, a representative from ACLU National defended the actions of its Northern California affiliate:

"Conducting a popular vote on whether to criminalize a minority religious practice fosters sectarian strife. This initiative would have undermined the right to religious liberty that we cherish in a pluralistic society."

The ACLU's convoluted definition of "religious liberty" to cut, wound, and disfigure the genitals of children is steeped in sexism as it only applies to boys. The ACLU has never attempted to defend the supposed "parental right" of parents to cut the genitals of their daughters due to religious beliefs.

In fact, female minors have been protected (without any religious or cultural exceptions) from genital mutilation since 1997 by US Federal law. Not only do the actions of the ACLUNC continue to deny males the right to keep and control their own bodies, they also deny religious freedom by sanctioning the religious branding of children's bodies without their consent.

The foreskin is the primary erogenous zone of the male genitals. It contains over 20,000 highly-specialized nerve endings. Its excision results in a permanently diminished capacity for sexual pleasure. The ACLU's work to enshrine forced genital cutting is also a severe blow to those fighting for sexual freedom.

We will not stand by and allow the American Civil Liberties Union to get away with condoning sexual battery and mutilation.

TAKE A STAND WITH US AS WE DEMAND THAT THE ACLU STOPS DEFENDING MALE GENITAL MUTILATION!

A limited number of signs will be available to those who wish to participate in the protest. You are also welcome to bring your own sign. There will also be literature available which further explains the shameful actions of the ACLU in regard to its defense of the genital mutilation of children.

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Human rights activists protest the American Civil Liberties Union's decision to defend the forced circumcision of boys.