Originally posted by divegeester
Your argument is only really valid if; when religion is removed all these bad things stop. They won't of course. Yes religion is used as an excuse, a control mechanism and as revenue generating club. Religion sucks. I'm a Christian, but I'm not religious, hardly at all I would say.
Actually his argument is valid if all these bad things are reduced.
You don't need to be perfect to be better.
There are a whole bunch of bad and irrational beliefs and mistakes people make
of which religion/s are only one kind.
However reducing religion does seem to help given that levels of atheism correlate
positively with pretty much every societal indicator you care to measure
[between otherwise roughly equivalent societies].
The direction of causation [if any] for this correlation is not however, yet established.