I debated for quite some time on whether to include this picture while editing for our slideshow covering Ashoura.(http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16892815/) Photographically this picture captured an emotional moment but I was also shocked at seeing this picture because I had to ask myself how a parent could do this to their child. At the same time I felt I needed to set aside my personal opinions and not pass judgment out of respect for another cultures customs. So after stepping back I decided to keep this photo in my edit because I felt that it helped to tell the visual story of Ashoura.
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A little Shiite Lebanese boy cries as his father uses a blade to cuts his head during a religious ceremony held 30 January 2007 in the southern town of Nabatiyeh to mark the sacred day of Ashura, the holiest Shiite rite which commemorates the killing of Imam Hussein in 680 by armies of the Sunni caliph Yazid in Iraq.