Religious institutions trample a mans freedom just as readily as tyrants do, only they have mastered the art of subversion over many centuries. They teach people to deny their own rational thought ("lean not to thy own understanding") and to have "faith"... I.e. believe it even if you don't fully understand it. This is why religion is so ripe for abuse.
All of the least free places in the world are more religious than the u.s.
I can see how "living above" the corruption and evil in the world can grant a person a sense of freedom, but I don't believe freedom is only achievable through religious means.
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