The biggest threat to the survival of the human race is the belief in religions. As technologically advanced as we are today in the 21st century, the belief in some religion is shared by at least four billion people out of the some seven billion people existing on the planet today. There are hundreds of different religions in existence each teaching doctrines which have a commonality with one and another that is the uniqueness of the follower as being special in the favor of the Godhead, the righteousness of the specific doctrine of that particular religion above all other religions, the ability to sin without concern because the divine Godhead will automatically forgive the sins if a confession is made and the fear installed on followers of the wrath of the God followed.
The problem with this is the separation of the masses that these organized religions create. The very ideal of a religion whether it is Christian or Muslim teaches separation--because to differ in ideals and ideas is blasphemy to the doctrine of any religion itself. It is this secular idealism of all religions that proves in itself not to be the true wisdom of any creator, because it is a community of humankind not separated by boundaries of color, physical abilities, sex, economic standing, and culture that is important in the judgment of any supreme intelligence. It is spiritual advancement from realizations of life here on this planet that is the real mission of all humans.
It is truly impossible to be both religious and spiritual, because to follow a religious doctrine is simply adhering to the rules and laws of a specific dogmatic belief. To be spiritual one follows no text doctrine or dogma to believe in but realizes divine enlightenment from within and knows the truths those who follow dogma search for in always seeking from elsewhere other than themselves. It is the fear of knowing the true self in relation to a supreme being and the responsibility of your own actions that many hide in organized religions to shield themselves from sin they continue to commit.
The abortion issue is a topic that organized Christian Religions wish to bring their beliefs into law by banning it altogether. Realistically the church does not care about such details as determining when life begins because to them it began during the act of lovemaking. Most Christians would agree that life begins at the point of conception. This poses a very dangerous precedent in terms of determining when life begins because at this point, what we are talking about is the point where the spermatozoa enter the ovum. Thus if what the Christian belief system says in this respect is to be followed we should be putting people in jail and executing them for not making sure that all spermatozoa and ovum are united in conception.
The gay marriage issue is also a classic example of the desire of the church trying to influence its ideals into law in its desire to make it illegal across the board so that the topic will not come up anywhere again for debate as it has for several years in California. To Christians it is not about whether gays can unite in marriage or not that is the real issue, it is being gay in the first place. To the Church the act of being gay is a sin and something that must be abolished altogether. The issue of gay rights in modern day society harkens back to the days of segregation of the masses based on race. It was not too long ago that the discussion of interracial marriage was on the table as is gay marriage today. However, as society grows in numbers and intelligence so does the desire to accept individuals of all aspects including ethnicity and sexual preference.
We as a world society cannot allow ourselves to be taken in by religious dogmatic teachings that allow us to determine that certain individuals based on their race, sexual preference and beliefs are unacceptable. There are those Christians scattered in certain parts of the U.S. that still put up a self imposed barrier between themselves and anyone else not associated with their organized religion. If organized religion had its way we would not be about to swear in the first black president of the United States.