I don't think religion is evil, and you are misguided
In my humble opinion, religion was created for quite a few reasons, mostly because people felt comforted by the thought that their life had meaning and direction and that they had someone looking over them and protecting them. Also because the idea of total nothingness after death was terrifying and difficult to comprehend. Another large part of why people choose to follow religion is to better themselves. Religion lays down moral guidelines that lead to becoming a good person with compassion and understanding, and lead away from giving yourself up to the inherent evil in man, by that I mean the compulsion for violence that we all have in us, read lord of the flies for a better explanation.
In my mind there is nothing wrong or evil with religion in it's basic form, it's only a way of making yourself a better person. Wether you take the symbols within a religion like god or the devil as being literal things, or metaphors for the good and evil in people is totally up to you.
Religion itself is not evil, people say frequently that it causes wars and divides people, but in those situations where conflict arises out of religion, it's people's lust for violence, their need for supremacy and their inability to reason that causes it. Let me go over that once more for clarity, it's man's own faults that cause war, not religion, which is an attempt to better man.
Another argument against religion is that people tend to follow it blindly and throw away their own thoughts in favour of a group philosophy. This is another example of man's faults being mistaken for religion's wrongdoing. Religion is just a set of moral values, it can't force you into worshipping it, people's own weakness is what leads to them throwing away their own thoughts, rather than taking on the concepts given out by a religion, bettering themselves and remaining individuals.
I'm not religious or theist myself, I just get tired of seeing all these misguided people bashing religion with no idea of what they're actually fighting against. If you plan on deleting this mr internet man, please have the decency to reply first and give a bit of argument.
The above post was made by an anonymous poster in the freethinking anonymous forum. I find it humorous that at the end he/she stated that if we choose to delete it that we should have the decency to respond first. Well maybe I'd respond if he/she had the decency to leave an email address or maybe sign up for the site. Well maybe the person will find this post eventually, and here is and opportunity for the community to respond. - Sapient