Religion is a lie, undeserving of the undue respect granted it. Most of the people involved with religion are good, likable people. They would likely be that way whether they were religious or not. They like the idea of there being a plan and someone in charge. It comforts them. As long as they keep their religion in their churches and homes and social events they're fine, but a lot of them try to speak out, or impose their will, on public policy using their religion as the reason for their position. Their views on these items are not credible until they have a reason other than "God says so", whether they say it directly or it underlays their stated reasons.