America en route to destroying beliefs
If someone has something they believe in that helps them on a daily basis negotiate and defeat the everyday fears, anxiety, stress and pressure this world puts on them and their relationships, and if they have something that compels them to give back the gifts they have been given and love others as much as they love themselves, and if they have something so powerful that if they knew they were going to die tomorrow and they could honestly look death in the face and say it's OK, because I know how I have been living while I have been here, and I believe I know where I am going. Such beliefs are perceived as one's religion and shouldn't be taken away from them.
America is on the path of destroying the reason the first 13 English colonies were founded on and one of the reasons we sought and fought for our independence....the freedom “to” the religion of choice.
The Middle East turmoil is an example of forced beliefs in the name of religion at the peril of being murdered. (The book commands beheading the non-believers)
Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a person needs to believe in the most. That people are basically good: that honor, courage and virtue mean everything; that power and money mean nothing; manners are signs of respect and kindness, that good always triumphs over evil; and what you need to remember, that love – true love – never dies. It doesn't matter if it's what you believe is true or not. A person should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in.
Our children are raised to believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and a few other imaginary figures that allows everyone to escape to a feel-good place and is passed on because it's worth believing.
If believing in God helps to promote non-violence, morality and a sense of right and wrong, and the 10 Commandments were part of natural human law and not attached to any religion.... We are so divided, I almost expect to hear someone say, “I thank God I'm an atheist.” That's my opinion.