[i:89849eead6]All of this has left me jaundiced towards religion[/i:89849eead6]
I used to feel the same way about blacks for the same reason but you eventually get beyond it.
While religion has some benefits, like binding people together within the group, giving them something to do etc., I see the current world picture as very disturbing. Religion is often a jump off point for hate groups and hatred of people outside the group.
For example, the New Testament calls people who reject Jesus as "antichrists". And I'm Jewish and my people were branded as "Christ-killers", "deiciders", etc...
I think it's going to have to get to the point where someone comes up with a new religion which will reconcile all the old faiths and the wisdom in them.