In The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins described religious indoctrination of children as “child abuse.” He took a lot of flak for that, and I’m not sure whether I’d have used the term “abuse” (“indoctrination” may have promoted a more thoughtful discussion), but there are some cases in which it truly is abuse. And those are the cases in which, from the get-go, the children are not only taught fables, but taught that those fables should make them hate and want to kill others who share different fables.
Here’s a prime example of such “othering”: a film promulgated and translated by MEMRI (yes, their translations have always been accurate) about the birth of a baby in Lebanon. Elder of Ziyon gives the background:
Hizbullah’s Al-Manar TV recently reported on a baby born in a Lebanese hospital, filmed dressed in the military fatigues of Hizbullah. “Military fatigues were the first garment to touch his tender body,” said the reporter, adding that Mahdi “is a potential resistance fighter from the first hours of his life.”
Following are excerpts from the report, which aired on January 18, 2014:
Reporter: Mahdi welcomed us in his own special way. He did not wear the clothes usually reserved for newborn babies. Military fatigues were the first garment to touch his tender body. He is a potential resistance fighter from the first hours of his life.
Mother of newborn Mahdi: Nothing could be better than him becoming a soldier of Imam Mahdi. This reflects the continuation of the path of the Islamic resistance, one generation after another.
Reporter: Mahdi was the only baby born in Rasul Aatham Hospital today. His family received an exemption from all hospital bills, and their baby was awarded a gold necklace, inscribed with the name of the Prophet Muhammad.
Here’s the video showing early-stage child abuse:
In all likelihood, that child will imbibe with his mother’s milk the hatred of not only Jews, but of other sects of Muslims. That is child abuse.
And if that’s not enough, here are two photos from the official Fatah Facebook page (go see for yourself):