America's Places of Worship Contribute to Higher Suicide Rates

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More than six-in-ten Americans, including majorities of all major religious groups, believe that negative messages from America's places of worship contribute either a lot (23 percent) or a little (40 percent) to higher rates of suicide among gay and lesbian youth.

- Public Religion Research Institute


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Comment by L Ross on July 16, 2013 at 6:57am

I wish this study had been extended to include a random sample of all young adult Americans (ages 18 to 45) in the study area, with a control group of young adult atheists.  I don't think it's just gay people who commit suicide as a result of religious beliefs, particularly ones like "I'll go to a better place when I die" or "I'll see my loved ones in heaven/paradise."  In my opinion, those are seriously dangerous beliefs.   

Comment by United Under One on September 8, 2011 at 11:56am
I don't know that you are understanding the statement. "Negative messages from the churches" are contributing to higher rates of suicide ---- what other places of worship are they talking about do you think?
Comment by Frankie Dapper on September 8, 2011 at 11:46am

I dont know about any studies on this topic. However it would be surprising were it otherwise. Belief is mandatory yet homosexuals are dogshit ab initio. If that does not cause a bit of inner turmoil, what will? It would be interesting to see the difference between those who have stayed in the fold and those who have rejected the superstition.

An interesting study has been done in which black children rate black dolls and white dolls. Unfortrunately many children rated the black dolls bad. So if children pick up on the cultural mores there can be little doubt that adults will be keenly aware of the discriminatory attitudes and suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.

Comment by Daniel W on September 8, 2011 at 11:11am
Im all for data that describe the harm of religious bigotry.  Unfortunately, stating that more than 6 in 10 americans beleive something does not make it true.  That would mean christianity is true, since probably more than 6 in 10 americans beleive in god.  The statement itself does not support your headline.  If you link to your site, then it's possible there is data that supports your headline, I don't know.


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