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Should religious practices that incorporate self-harm be banned?
Religions can exploit vulnerable people who are already predisposed towards self harming by reinforcing their negative views of themselves, potentially pushing them to escalate their harmful behavior.
', a fundamental doctrine of Christianity, holds that everyone is born sinful - if internalised this can be damaging for vulnerable Christians.
have found that those who believe in a vengeful or punitive god have a higher chance of suffering from mental health issues.
Religion cannot be blamed for mentally unstable individuals or people's own negative thoughts about themselves.
Religion should not be used as a scapegoat for the mentally unwell, since evidence shows religion can
Self-harming rituals provide security and comfort to vulnerable people.