Yet everybody who believes in a religion says they know god while 99.9 percent of them have to be wrong. Christians say that if you seek the truth you will find it. But statistics prove that wrong. If your parents and peers are muslims then there is like a 99 percent chance that you too will be muslim. People go for the religion that best suits their moral feelings and then ignore every moral in the book that disagrees with their moral feelings. Sense your feelings adapt to what you have been told you are just finding the religion that your parents and peers would recommend because your feelings have already adapted to it. It is proven that the conscience consists of vague reminiscences of precepts heard in early youth so its never smarter than your parents and peers. Religious people are all the same whether they are blowing up people or giving to charity because they are all doing what they think there god wants them to do. Its just too bad that none of them actually know a perfect or decent god.
Back in the Stone Age, religion helped weld families, clans and tribes together into a coherent economic and cultural unit.
That was the first time religion met nationalism, and it has been milking that cow ever since.
By the late Bronze Age, religion had become a social force for subjugation of the weak, exploitation of the ignorant, elevation of the tyrant, mobilisation of populations to war and conquest, and persecution of dissent.
And millennia later, whenever religions get feisty about society, and whenever politicians get sweaty about religion, we can still see them doing it today.
Philosopher Soren Kierkegaard criticized organized religion, saying that it distanced individuals from authentic relationships with a divine power and I think I cannot entirely disagree with him. Individual choice is most imperative in the area of religious questions. I feel like if you belong to an organized religion, you are compelled to accept the will of the church over your own conclusions.
The issue with religions tends to be that they accept something as fact, i.E., their god exists, with any evidence or facts to back it up. They also tend to accept what their god has supposedly said as fact. If their scripture claims that their god created the earth, then it must be fact. This poses a sort of logical paradox when an actual fact disagree with what they know as fact. Logically, opposing facts do not exist so they tend to choose the religious view as fact. Religious people tend to have a coping method in dealing with facts that show their scriptures wrong. Usually this means that they misunderstand the facts to the point they are wrong. If something is finally accepted as fact, the other thing they do is to claim "Oh, well that was just a parable." or "That is not what God said, it is just how those who wrote the bible though he meant."
The only things we should consider the truth are those things that can be proven by facts. You can believe, as an opinion, in anything you choose but should not claim it as truth till it can be proven. Sure, some may claim that because we don't have all the answers about evolution or the big bang, that they can't be taken as truth. That's fine, I can still state that they are most likely fact as they have a vast amount of evidence.
Some claim that because we don't have all the answers, that it proves their god exists. Some call this "God of the gaps." or "I don't know, therefor the answer must be god." Clearly this is a plea in favor of ignorance as if we conclude an answer of "god" without evidence, it keeps them from looking for the actual truth.
It is my opinion that government/leaders and religion should be two separate things (of course, not everyone would believe this). In any case, people should be free to choose what they believe and discover the 'truth' for themselves so as to discover the 'truth' that fits them best and makes the most sense to them. As such our leaders should not recommend or tell us what we should or should not believe in regards to religion.