Regardless of everyones opinion on religion the fact is people will believe what the feel is right (everyone included here) SO i guess my point is why does it matter, someone pushing their religious beliefs on you is the same as you posting here how religion is bullshit, its just both sides of the coin.
I myself don't really believe but what i do like about religion (and i mean some religions) is that it promotes some good values and ethos. In fact if we want to get down and dirty statistics show that (now I'm talking Australia i have no idea about the USA) Christian schooled children achieve better grades, attend and graduate University more and earn a higher wage on average more than students schooled with no religious affiliation.
You could probably argue this has to do with parents and socio economic backgrounds but i do believe that overall the values pushed through some religions help some people find direction and in my books thats a good thing. Does religion have its flaws? fuck yeah it does and i hate how it is used as an excuse for fighting, disasters, hate etc etc etc and it is more often than not manipulated to serve someones purpose, BUT as said i do believe there is an underlying benefit for some people.
Im not a guy who goes to church, or reads the bible or anything like that but i have 2 daughters whom i want to be raised with good core values and with the opportunity to make their own mind up as i did. They will both attend a local Catholic school because it is the best school in our area and students consistently achieve better results there (BTW i am a teacher at a different school) and i can only hope that when they are my age whatever they believe is because they experienced things and formed their own beliefs.
Not a rant just an opinion and by no means trying to stoke the fire.
my names's Petey and i have gigantic balls