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Letter: Religion can help people cope — or be used to bully them

Religion can help people cope — or be used to bully them

Re: “War on religion behind rise in suicides” (Letters to the Editor, Mercurynews.com, June 13):

The ‘war on religion,’ as you called it, is not the reason that suicide rates in America are going up.

Just because your religion discourages suicide does not mean you will not take your own life in a moment of despair. On June 7, the CDC (Centers for Disease Prevention and Control) published an online press release. This memo detailed that suicide rates in the United States have been going up since 1999 due to job, money, legal or housing stress.

Many people nowadays don’t know how to cope with the hardships that modern life brings. I do concede that religion can help in this respect, although a more comprehensive approach needs to be taken nationwide. Religion does not always provide a good coping mechanism — it can be and has been used as an excuse to bully and abuse people.

Steven LeeTexas

 

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