'But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me' - Luke 19:27
I gave up debating religion a long time ago as no matter how much evidence and proof you offer, the religious folk are to blinkered to see it so save your breath as there is no point, no minds will be changed by logic.
When Marx famously said that 'religion is the opium of the masses' he meant it was something that kept them docile and controllable and the German couldn't have been more correct as it is exactly what religion is, the most powerful comfort blanket possible.
Religious groups, believe in their own views and damn all others or worse, as the Jesus quote above shows, kill all others, so quite how religion can considered a force for good is beyond me.
Five minutes of the News will reveal one group killing or oppressing another group because they believe in something different to them so believers fight to their death, or in most cases to the death of others, to hold on to their religion against other religions.
The more science reveals the real truth, the more it is clear that it wasn't the result of a God throwing lightning bolts around which leaves religion as just a cynical way to enforce the founders rules and to make money.
Religion should be an insult to our intelligence but they cherry-pick the bits they like to suit their own beliefs, the full line regarding homosexuals is to consider it wrong and to put them to death but while almost all religions cling to the first bit, you won't get many advocating the second part especially in the Christian World because they find that part repugnant despite it being their God's will and in the same paragraph in the Bible as the first.
Not that religion is entirely to blame for human blood lust, we would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things even if religion didn't exist but religion makes it easier to hate people who don't believe in your flavour of God.
Even worse, by forcing it on a child before they are old enough to go to school just indoctrinates them more fully and perpetuates the myth that some people are 'better' than others.
Religion is nonsense, there is no God or Jesus, they are just a poor copy of the early deities who the rulers used to control the masses and it saddens me to hear our Prime Minister say that her faith in God would help guide our path out of Europe, saddens and bewilders me that our leaders actually believe it and are putting all our futures in the hands of someone who doesn't, and never did, exist.