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Should religious practices that incorporate self-harm be banned?
Religious practices that incorporate self-harm should 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.
Certain religious practices are banned when they cause harm.
States have a responsibility to ensure the physical safety of their citizens, even when citizens are a threat to their own safety.
Truly religious individuals may feel coerced into performing harmful religious practices.
Banning self-harming rituals won't stop people from doing it.
It is principally inconsistent for a ban to focus only on violent forms of self-harm.
A ban on self-harming rituals would be controversial and could lead to a lot of backlash from religious communities.
People should be free to practice their religion as long as they do not harm others.
Self-harming rituals are integral to certain religions.
People are allowed to partake in many activities that regularly lead to considerable harm, if we continue allowing these, we should allow religious practices that are self-harming.
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