1st March 2018
My objection to VIOLENCE against children on any pretext
My FB comment here:
Much as I agree with Frank Furedi on most things, on this issue everyone must go back to the basic principle of non-violence towards others.
There is no freedom – no one has it – to cut and slice other people. Or to marry children.
Therefore the barbaric Hindu practice of widow burning (sati) and child marriage was **rightly** prohibited by the British rulers of India (guided as they were by JS Mill – who was a bit more paternalistic, overall, though, than one can accept).
The child marriage ban now shows a lot of people (including Mohammed and Gandhi’s parents) in very poor light. Something accepted for thousands of years is not necessarily right.
Likewise I support banning the mutilation of children on any religious (or “health”) pretext. By all means baptise them with a few drops of water, if that’s your religious belief. But NO CUTTING WITH A KNIFE!!!
The liberal always draws a line on liberty (any liberty, including religious) where it starts **physically** harming someone else.