Religion divide us. It will lead us to fight with each other. It will prompt us to lie, cheat, do jihaad or dharmayuddha (hindu jihaad), honor killing etc. so it must be separated from our life. It labels us and create unnecessary, ridiculous trouble. So it must be cut out from our life.
I will say that is damn near impossible to completely separate yourself from religion since it is practically everywhere, but it isn't needed in society anymore.
The main argument I see is that religion serves as our moral framework, if that were actually true than I honestly worry for all those that belong to a theistic religion. It would indicate that you are unable to come to your own conclusion that killing people is wrong and require some 2000+ year old book to tell you how to live your life. Even worse, they will state that their holy book is the moral framework of man, yet there are several accounts of brutality and savagery in the same book that is supposed to be good.
Religion fosters intolerance of others, creates unnecessary guilt, has and continues to impede scientific achievement, and is simply a waste of time and money. We as free thinking individuals should be able to question the absurd customs of religion, and look only to logic and reason.
A time when religion was center of our lives was the Dark Ages. A time when secularism was more focused on was the age of Greece, Rome, and the Renaissance. Which time do you prefer?
I mean to rid the world of religion you would have to have a mass genocide. You can not simply make every one do what you want.
I believe, actually know for fact, Christianity does far more good than bad. Disaster relief, feeding the hungry, teaching sustainable farming and erosion control in places no one else will go.
Religion is a moral framework for 5 billion people living in the world. Religion can be easily manipulated into something that it is not. Religion can give a good moral character that would separate us from the Darwinian time. We should support morality, because religion gives a solid moral foundation.
I agree with separation of church and state, separation from religious teaching and school and maybe even separation of religion and public places (ie x-mas music playing in a government building).
I also think it is good to have multiple principals and that religion shouldn't be the main thing in your life (just like your gf, school, parents or a job shouldn't be the main part of your life).
Yet you would look like quite the hypocrite when you go to church each day and preach about say virginity and then go sleep around. Your beliefs should effect your conscience or why have them?. Your conscience should effect your daily life, weather you say hello to a stranger, whether you return that wallet, or whether you listen to your parents.
No i am not saying that atheists are not moral.
Our religious beliefs are our guiding principles and should be lived each day. You are either that at all times or not all. It is not something that can be turned off and on when convenient. What you are arguing is against religion in general, not this topic.Your view thereof is also based on the minority of those who claim to act for the stated religion.
Religion connects us. It will lead us to to unite with each other. It will prompt us to be charitable, virtuous, thoughtful, compassionate, selfless etc. so it must be connected to our life. It gives us identity and creates necessary, sensible order. So it must be included in our life.
Religious groups are huge supporters of charity. Religion gives people balance, peace of mind, spiritual fulfillment and good moral values to people who follow it, whether it be the teachings of Christ, Buddha, Allah, Moses or another loving deity. Not everyone follows a religion or even cares about, but to remove from everyone's daily life is wrong. If people want religion in their life that is their right.