This supports the claim that Richard Dawkins makes when he states that forcing religion on a child is a form of child abuse.
In the case of Shiite Muslims in Lebanon and other areas, there’s this little ritual to celebrate the saint Ali Hussein (I.E. son of the cousin of Mohammed, who Shiites believe should have been the successor to Mohammed, hence the root of the Shi’a and Sunni split.) The ritual is to slash the forehead of boys with a razor to simulate Husseins suffering. Charming little practice that ranks right up there with ritual circumcision in the west.
But this paragraph says it all and support Dawkins statement:
Asked if it was difficult for him to hurt the children, he said: “The child doesn’t understand what’s going on. The parents are faithful and believe by doing this, their children will be protected and will enjoy a long life.”
If the child doesn’t understand what’s going on then it is wrong to enforce your religious beliefs on the child.