I am not knocking religion per se. I think that faith can be a powerful tool for us to use and grow in our day to day life. If religion is the only way for you to get faith, then please be sure that your God does not invade my space or my faith…Most of the advances in civilization made in the past 500 years came about ONLY as a result of separating state and religion. The most backward countries in the world-and with some of the most barbaric practices and traditions- are those where we find none of that separation. Where, infact, religion dominates every aspect of day to day life.