Circumcision: this morning on BBC Radio I heard a soundtrack of an infant circumcision being carried out - by a doctor, in England, on an ironing board, in the home of the baby's parents. If I remember correctly, the baby was 8 days old. The doctor does many of these operations, privately, as with this one. The baby's father held the baby still, with his legs apart. The doctor injected the baby with something to kill the pain; I think it was lignocaine. The baby screamed and screamed and screamed and screamed. The doctor reassured the parents that the baby was not in pain; the lignocaine made the operation painless.
It is too easy to say that another suffering person (or animal) is not in pain. That poor little soul was most certainly in pain: in agony and in terror. A baby in terrifying pain to satisfy the religious beliefs of his parents. - Welcome to this cruel world, Baby!