That’s the key phrase in this story, the one that should make it abundantly clear why this is entirely unacceptable, even before you learn that a child has died because of it.
I’m not going to spare you the grotesque mental image of a religious leader sucking the blood from the wound he’s just made in the genitalia of an infant. I will, however, spare you the photograph of this process taking place, which is visible at the above link.
The fact that some children, like the newborn described here, occasionally die from complications such as herpes is appalling. It is also, I believe, superfluous to the argument about whether old men should be allowed to slice off part of a newborn’s sexual anatomy and then slobber over the result.
Every day people wonder aloud why atheists care so much about what other people believe, and every day shit like this keeps happening. This is why we care.
Secularism is a commonly misunderstood and underappreciated attitude. Most secularists want religious people to be free to indulge their religious ideas within the widest conceivable bounds of human decency and personal liberty. But that doesn’t mean we have to countenance every barbaric practice that hasn’t yet died out, simply on the basis of its long-standing history as a cultural tradition.
Sometimes we’re not obliged to give a shit about your traditions, or your beliefs, or how you want to raise your children. Sometimes you just need to stop it, right now.
Seriously. A baby died because a religious elder mutilated him and sucked his cock. Fucking stop it.