hey dunkmachine, religion will alway be a central part of our lives. People need to believe in something, it's in our nature. We are not prepared to believe that there is no afterlife, nirvana, reincarnation etc., even though that's probably the case. But still religions have helped form civilizations. European and AMerican were shaped by Christianity as has Confusuism, Shintoism & Buddhism shaped East Asia and so on. Now don't tell me that some of these religions like Chrisitianity have persecuted native americans. Native americans are from various tribes and they too were at each others throat. Ex: Sioux were massacring navajos.