Thank you for your reply.
For a moment, I'm going to argue against my position... devil's advocate, so to speak.
So, it is my firm belief that performing religious procedures on my child is the right and moral thing to do. God tells me to and I really, honestly want to do what God tells me what is the right and moral thing to do. You stopping me is to interfere with my communing with my God as well as my child's God. Stopping me is immoral.
(For the record, I do not, myself, believe that. But these people honestly believe that. As wrong as that is, how are WE justified in interfering?)
You wrote, Animals can't reason.
Have you ever seen a house cat anticipate a tossed treat kibble? He sees you start to toss it and, being in a hurry, turns to see where it bounces to, and then stops short because he doesn't see it. (You didn't throw it!) Then he turns back to you and complains, "Meow???"
Or, consider the sheep herding dog (border collie?) that watches the crowd of sheep, notices one that is drifting away, and runs to convince the sheep to return to the crowd.
Or the tremendous reasoning abilities of a blind person's guide dog!
Then there are the chimps and the dolphins. And... I just saw this on YouTube: Octopuses. (Octopii?) Their reasoning abilities just amaze me.
defining that middle ground is probably the hardest part.
You got that right!
Thanks for the reply!