Even if you are not a believer.... 1. Religion has served an important role in helping human beings manage their fear of death, and the pain of loss and grief throughout history. 2. Religion has served an important role in the transmission of culture, and the formation and transmission of moral codes of behavior at a time before there was widespread literacy or education. 3. Much of the evil that people blame on religion isn't due to religion....its due to the CORRUPTION of religion and its perversion to serve other, more venal agendas. Most notably power, greed, and tribalism. If it weren't for religion warlords and despots would use some OTHER means of inspiring fear and hatred to control people. If it weren't for religion, their authoritarian followers would just FIXATE on some reason to give in to their aggressive tendencies and fear of difference. Religion isn't the enemy. Authoritarianism and Tribalism are.