Quote from phoulmouth
I despise organized religion. I admit it. In my opinion organized religion is man kinds largest mistake. But I do not hold religious beliefs against individuals unless they hold my non belief against me. The only time I get annoyed with religious people is when they feel the need to spout it off in peoples face, that is so annoying. What gives them the right to cram their belief down my throat when I don't cram my disbelief down theirs?
Organized religion, in essence, is a great idea just like Marxism (from Carl Marx' "Communist Manefesto") where everyone is rich, everyone has a job, everyone is equal and happy. The real problem, like any other organization in society, is having "elected officials" head them with a lot of power. Why? Power corrupts and humans are easily corrupted. You can look at the history of the papcy for an easy example. Even some of the popes, who are supposed to be head of one of the largest religious organizations in the world, did some shameful things that would make God face palm.
I agree with you though. The only way an organized religion would truly righteuos is if the God that they praised were indeed at the head of them, anything else is tainted.