Incidental Acts of Spontaneous Cerebral Violence

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

And here I thought that nothing could top the State of the Union

Thanks to my brother (the M.D.) for pointing this one out:
New York City health officials have gone to court to stop a rabbi from performing a type of ritual circumcision they believe may have led to the death of a baby boy from herpes.

The baby was one of three infants found to have contracted herpes simplex virus after being circumcised by Rabbi Yitzchok Fischer, who used his mouth to draw blood from the infant's wound, a traditional Orthodox practice during the bris, or religious circumcision.

Ten days after Fischer circumcised twins last October, one died of herpes and the other tested positive for the virus, according to the court papers. A third baby circumcised by Fisher was later found to have also tested positive for herpes, health officials said.
NY Officials Bar Rabbi from Circumcision Ritual

As if fellating a just circumcised newborn wasn't sufficiently horrific... Sometimes there's just no answer to the question, "What the fuck are people thinking?"

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