Some Old Traditions Just Suck And Need to GO

Was arguing with people who say the Scottish and Japanese and Inuit have traditional reasons they should be allowed to kill whales–intelligent, endangered species…And there’s that Japanese annual dolphin slaughter that’s so very traditional…

Look, there are just some old traditions that cannot be respected and allowed to continue. Some old traditions are grand. But there are places (and even in pockets of the USA) where people determine who their daughter will marry, they take money for her, marry her off at 13 to some hateful person. Beat her, even kill her if she doesn’t like it etc. . .

In many places female genital mutilation is a grand old tradition–the forcible removal of the clitoris in girls. . .The flat out oppression of women in many countries is a powerful tradition. . .Castes and the persecution of the so-called Untouchables still goes on in India. . .The Blood Festivals in Spain and Portugal involving beating animals to death, throwing them alive out of towers and so on, still happen. The horrid crating for life and then brutal slaughter of dogs for traditional dog meant feasts in China and Vietnam etc. . .

It’s traditional to forbid marriage of mixed race couples in many places. . .Killing albinos for superstitious reasons happens traditionally in some parts of Africa. . .”traditional medicine” in the form of simple witchdoctor hogwash still is to be found in some places and people die from it, or die because they didn’t get conventional medicine. . .

I could go on and on and on. We cannot accept all old traditions. The harmless and healthy old traditions, those are great. But many are just not right for civilized people, for any decent society, and they should not be accepted.

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