Is Obama Circumcised?
The latest question from the nutty ‘birther’ movement
The loons in the “birther” movement have come up with a new demand for Barack Obama to prove he was born in the United States. (They’re convinced he wasn’t, and is thus ineligible to become president.) They want him to reveal whether he’s circumcised. If not, they say, it’s proof that he was born on foreign soil, because so many American men—Jewish or not—are circumcised. Jezebel’s Kay Steiger points us to comments on Free Republic, where one lazy conspiracy theorist yearns for “someone to make a phone call to the hospitols [sic] in HI and ask if they routinely do circumcism [sic] and when that practice started.”
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