Religion? Now let’s see, where have we heard that word before? Oh yeah, it's all that stuff about how we're supposed to support "the church" and make sure we give what little money the elite vampires haven't managed to suck our of our lives.
Hmmm. But why would we do this? Well, now that's a very, VERY hard question to answer. In most of the "high" Christian religions (e.g., Catholicism, Episcopalianism, Anglicanism, and a few others), the guys are really into very elaborate "gowns", so maybe it's partially a clothing thing, since some of these dresses or gowns must cost a bundle.
But it's unfair not to include Zionism, the "lower" Christian religions, the Muslim churchy institutions, and on and on. And we certainly don't want to leave out the "Armeggedonites" since they have this quaint doctrine that the world (solar system, local group?) is going to go boom any day now, which sounds a tad science fictiony, but a cult is a cult is a cult.
However, let's return to the question of how “religion in general” has affected our lives during these last eight years.
Hey, that's cake to answer. The answer is that it has been perhaps the number one albatross around the neck of the human race.
Have they "helped" us to deal with the fascist Bush Administration? Well, they have certainly played a helping role, but that role has been to help the moral filth they claim to denounce.
Look at the evangelicals for openers. Let's cut to the chase with this. The evangelicals are simply NUTS. They think they have a hot line to God that gives them the right (the duty!) to kill as many Muslims as they can. You know, a 21st Century "Crusade" so passionately supported by our pinhead president.
And the Catholics? Yeah, the Catholics, with an occasional "pontification" from the official pontificator (that's his job). You can stand on your head and cherry pick a handful of remarks from an encyclopedia of babble, but what has actually happened during the last eight years is that the Catholic Church has virtually NEVER put conscience and morality first. All we got was b.s, b.s, and more pontificating b.s.