I have come to realize religion is necessary for a healthy society and has it's place. The problems stem, like most, from decievers, con-artists and those who use religion for nefarious agendas. It just has to be controlled or counter-balanced so it does not get out of hand, like anything in society. I have come to this conclusion because a lot of the wholesome, grounded, honest and salt-of-the-earth values and lifestyle is perpetuated by sects of religion. No smoking, drinking, profanity, immorality etc is mostly upheld by religious teachings. Those who are moral, honest, in committed relationships and value family etc are usually religious people to some degree. Its unfortunate that is the case but i have noticed that when most people are not associated seriously with a religion, they tend to think its okay to be amoral. It's bizarre and sickening but that is how most people tend to be. If it was not for the positive cultural values (not the negative) that religion has fostered, i can see that a proverbial sodom and gomorrah would even be more the norm than it is, which is scary and horrific in itself. The truth is just as religion can get out of control or be used negatively by some or at times even groups so can the lack of religion and a known/designated cultural guideline or sect of moral values be equally harmful for society. It is disgusting how rampant broken homes, shallow relationships/fornication, disrespect, profanity, vanity, alcoholism/drugs etc is. Its degenerate, unhealthy and insanity. I respect some christian sects who are more grounded and humble who live a healthy lifestyle based on ethical values, value oaths and hold things in life sacred and respectful. There are very few who dont smoke, drink, use profanity, care more about umportant issues over shallow/vain, truly believe in humane values and marriage oaths and relationships are serious (as in they do not use people or go through people like toilet paper) or sleep around because its cheap/disgusting etc. They also are respectful toward others. Even entertainment choices are healthy not just physically but ethically and emotionally (wholesome). These are the sane people now. By god, like a true beacon of civility and good left in the world of lurid and garish trash values.