November 16, 1994
Pat Ellison, Vice President, Patient Care
St. Vincent Hospital
455 St. Michael's Drive
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Dear Ms. Ellison,
I understand that charges of anti-semitism have been hurled at the courageous nurses on your staff who refuse to participate in the barbaric practice of circumcision.
The charges are preposterous. The American movement to outlaw circumcision is teeming with Jews -- like myself. Our numbers in the movement are way out of proportion to our percentage in the population overall. Many leaders of the anti-circumcision campaign are Jewish, as are medical doctors, researchers, college professors, and others among the rank and file.
The Bible of our movement [Circumcision: An American Health Fallacy, Springer Publishing Co., 1980] -- an exhaustive, authoritative volume compiling all the evidence for the case against circumcision -- was written by Edward Wallerstein, a Jew.
And it was Sigmund Freud himself who said that the root cause of anti-semitism worldwide is circumcision. Freud was, of course, a Jew.
Please don't be swayed by the emotionally charged epithet of anti-semitism leveled against your noble nurses by a few hysterical individuals.
[Ralph Ginzburg is the founder, editor and publisher of FACT Magazine, which printed the classic landmark document "The Unkindest Cut of All", by John M. Foley, MD, in its July-August 1966 issue. The letter above is quoted here with his permission.]