My Experience in Iran/Ashura & the brainwashing/torture of children

This was when I was in Iran last year and the time of "Ashura" - a barbaric Islamic tradition forced upon society in which the vast majority of people don't ...

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Comment by Sassan K. on July 25, 2011 at 2:37am

This is my recording personally...please watch the whole thing and notice the faces of the children..

Comment by Sassan K. on July 25, 2011 at 11:03am

The following pictures are not from Iran (as this extreme form has been deemed "illegal") but it is still telling and it is taking place in regards to the same event:

Comment by Mostafa on July 25, 2011 at 11:29am

Despicable!!! Religion completely destroys the genuine human emotions and leaves behind a blind beast. Sorry for those kids that grow up in these environments. I grow up in such societies. My first memories that I can remember from my childhood I was so frightened by the scenes like this video. As I grew up and got older they became slowly ordinary. If I would have made the same progress I was making in that route I don't know what would have become of me. Luckily most people slow down and also nowadays due to Internet and information flow more people are becoming against these kind of acts. I wish one all these brutal human action are erased.

Comment by Great Dane on July 25, 2011 at 11:41am

Welcome to the middle ages.

Comment by pumpkin head on July 25, 2011 at 4:15pm

oh my.  what in the fuckin world...

what the fuck

Comment by Chris G on July 25, 2011 at 8:36pm

This is pale to what happens in slaughter houses.

Comment by Sassan K. on July 25, 2011 at 10:52pm

This is pale to what happens in slaughter houses.

The whole point is that in slaughter houses - they don't do it in front of children for a religious celebration/indoctrination. Come on brother, what kind of lame comparison was that?

I will comment on this video further later tonight.

Comment by Sassan K. on July 25, 2011 at 11:44pm

Mostafa - I have been curious. I have never heard your story on how you became atheist - I have a gist of what I can imagine - but would you be willing to share your story?

And yes - these practices are barbaric and primitive - particularly with children involved. I truly consider this torture and child abuse. And Mostafa is right - fortunately we have the internet now along with satellite television - but still, these practices have left a dent upon our culture.

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on July 26, 2011 at 8:10pm

So they slaughtered an animal in the street?  That's it?  The kids look a bit confused by the whole affair but they don't look traumatized.  The symbolic self flagellation is rather pathetic and the children obviously don't realize the pain it's meant to symbolize - a rather insidious method of indoctrination to be sure.

Comment by Sassan K. on July 26, 2011 at 11:56pm

This is torture. For anyone to introduce such a ritual/beheading to young children - and making them desensitized to this cruel violence - is one of the worst forms of torture and indoctrination one can put towards the young.

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