Matthew Hess is the San Diego man pushing to get a circumcision ban on the ballot for an upcoming election in Santa Monica (San Franciscans will vote on their own ban later this year), and he is also the artist(?!) behind ForeskinMan.com, the delightful comic book that depicts mouth-breathing, snarly-toothed Jews slicing and dicing the penises of poor little Aryan babies.
The Los Angeles Times doesn’t call Hess an anti-Semite, which he is, but instead prints statements defending and denouncing the comic from Hess and the Anti-Defamation League, respectively, in order to frame this as some sort of debate over whether or not it is anti-Semitic, which it is. And last week, the San Francisco Chronicle wondered (yes, the columnist actually used the word “wondering”) if this was the work of an anti-Semite, which it is.
What part of the devilish, blade-wielding rabbi and the heroic, blond superhero coming to save the day is so difficult to understand?
This comic could have depicted evil doctors–not rabbis–performing a circumcision. Why didn’t it? The overwhelming majority of circumcisions in the United States are performed by doctors on operating tables, not evil rabbis on pool tables. The choice to use rabbis was deliberate. This is anti-Semitic, the end.
And as far as banning circumcision and all the men (where are the women, by the way?) behind these ballot measures, I’m skeptical. I’m skeptical of a bunch of men who are so concerned with little boys’ penises, to be honest.