10:17 p.m. August 21, 2013

Anthony Weiner: Protector of Rabbis’ Right To Suck Baby Penis

Yep, it's true. I was reading a NYT article about the growing power of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in New York, when I stumbled on a gross bit of political trivia: one of the planks in Anthony Weiner's platform is the protection of the right of ultra-Orthodox rabbis to suck infant dick. It has to do with a particularly medieval ultra-Orthodox circumcision ritual in which a mohel (that's Hebrew for "professional foreskin chopper") drains the wound on a freshly circumcised baby penis by sucking on it with his mouth.

The practice — sometimes referred to as "direct mouth-to-bleeding-penis sucking" — isn't just grotesque and creepy, it's also a perfect way to transfer herpes and other goodies from a rabbi's dirty mouth and straight into the blood stream of a week-old baby. No one knows how many Jewish babies are infected in this manner, but there have been plenty of documented cases of herpes infection, some of which have led to death and permanent brain damage.

Here's a recent CNN report:

Since 2000, there have been 13 reports in New York City of infants contracting HSV–1, two of whom died from the virus. The health department reported that an estimated 20,493 infants in New York City were exposed to the practice in that period.

In the most recent case, the infant developed a fever seven days after circumcision and vesicular lesions the following day, according to a press release from the city health department. Seventy percent of neonatal herpes cases show lesions and only 40% produce a fever.

Sounds gnarly, but Brooklyn's ultra-Orthodox don't want to part with this time-honored tradition, and in Anthony Weiner they found their advocate.