Listen, anyone with half a brain can look at the history of religion and see Christianity is just an amalgamation of dozens if not hundreds of other religions. Religion is mainly inherited. Take a kid and instead of telling him about Jesus tell him from birth about a magic bunny that lives at the center of the earth and controls us and our afterlife and the same person who would have grown up to be a devout Christian is now a devout Bunnyite.
I understand the appeal of religion, but if there is a god and he did give me a logical mind then he would understand the only logical choice I can make about religion is to say "I just don't know." That's the only honest answer anyone can give.
Governments have a choice to make with religion. They can either embrace it and use it as a means of control or they can see it as a threat vying for people's allegiance instead of the government's.
Most use it as a means of control. When people are taught their suffering in this life is god's plan, they tend to become more accepting of that suffering as inevitable. They are told this suffering will lead to eternal reward in an afterlife and it's just the price they need to pay to get there.
Me personally, I don't know about any afterlife. As far as I know, this is it. So I'm not waiting for some eternal reward that may not even exist. I choose to make the most of this life and having some government mafia think it owns me just because I was born on their "turf" is b******t.
"In reality, the Constitution itself is incapable of achieving what we would like in limiting government power, no matter how well written."
~ Ron Paul, End the Fed