Kialo requires cookies to work correctly.
Should religious practices that incorporate self-harm be banned?
Certain religious practices are banned when they cause harm.
The practice of snake handling (used to demonstrate the strength of one's faith during worshipping services) has been
in several states in the USA.
(babies are tossed off the roof of a shrine, to be caught in a stretched bedsheet about 30 feet below) is a 700 year old religious tradition in India, practiced by Hindus and Muslims alike. It is now illegal however.
Camel slaughter, an intrinsic part of the Hajj pilgrimage was
when there was a risk of it contributing to the spread of the
Male circumcision should be
as it is often performed in unsafe, non-sterile circumstances, without anesthetic.
The worldwide religious practice espoused by the "Shia" sect of Islam of self flagellation - which involves cutting themselves with swords and knives - it is still practiced in
Bangladesh and India.
People should be free to practice their religion as long as they do not harm others.
Reenactments of the crucification occur every year in the
. Despite such a gruesome public display of self-torture and pain, many wish to witness and support this well-celebrated Catholic tradition.