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Should religious practices that incorporate self-harm be banned?
Truly religious individuals may feel coerced into performing harmful religious practices.
Male and female circumcision is rarely a choice but is normally an obligatory
rite of passage.
There is a danger of individuals
such practices because of the religious significance, yet ultimately they are causing themselves to habitually self harm.
Individuals may be
shunned from society
if they refuse to participate in these rituals.
By refusing to participate in religious practices, a follower is defying their deity and thus faces potential retribution.
Performing religious practices may ensure a more rewarding afterlife. People may be afraid of being denied access to a good afterlife if they refuse to participate in self-harming rituals.
All choices can be argued to be coercive to some extent as there are likely to be social norms, influence of other individuals and information presented to the individual which affect their decision making.