We should have a MILD phobia of all religions, one no more than another. They have no basis in fact and have been the cause of MANY wars and slaughters. There is also a lot of good that all of them have done. We would do NO worse without them, likely better because several hatreds would be removed.
I actually agree .... with SOME of what you said. If you look above you'll see where I said they have done a lot of good. Still, those "that are simply crazy ..... and religions DO drive many people crazy (look at FromWithin, for instance ;-). Both Christians and Muslims, etc. have started "holy wars", burned people at stakes, shouted "Off with their heads!", church people have tortured and killed for "tax evasion" (alms to the church). It's not "simply politics and economics" when the church CONTROLS the politics. TOO MUCH religion is a dangerous thing. At the moment, in this country, we have too much religion IN politics. Dangerous!