Part of the controversial Arizona birther bill passed on Wednesday makes a certificate of circumcision (given to parent of a Jewish child after the religiously significant procedure is performed) acceptable proof of American citizenship for presidential candidates. While candidates won’t be asked to “whip it out” in the State House, a documented circumcision will join a verified Christian baptism, postpartum hospital records and long-form birth certificiates as proof that candidates are indeed Americans.
Governor Brewer of Arizona has not taken a public stand on the bill, and will now have five days to sign or veto it before the law is automatically enacted.
There is likely to be much public debate over the bill, which seems to be validating the possession of a penis and/or demonstrable Judeo-Christian upbringing as preferrable characteristics of presidential candidates. Not to mention the fact that neither a certificate of circumcision nor baptismal record are in any way legal documents.
The circumcision issue is an interesting twist in the birther agenda, coming at a time when the humaneness of male circumcision–both in the U.S. and abroad– is under hot debate. One might question if the radical birthers are now not only trying to shape the definition of who makes a viable U.S. president, but also what makes an American penis.
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