I've come to the realization that if people would let go of their fear and worry about the unknown and what is strange to us that we would realize that most religions were created by ancient, un-evolved minds as a way to answer unanswerable questions as to why mankind exists, and to subjugate the masses through fear and guilt. If people would stop dying for conformity and for one second sit back and look at all of the problems religion has caused, we might actually get somewhere without some ancient book governing our lives. Perhaps then we could begin to accept each other as individuals -- not Americans, Russians, Catholics, Muslims, Mormons, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews or whatever. Possibly then we would lose some of the fear that we have of strangers.
Granted, religions help a lot of people feel more secure and safe in the world. They also create dogmatism, fanaticism, hatred, and violence. Religion physically harms people, but it doesn't physically help p...