All religion has ever done for the world is brainwash weak people and kill the rest...and yet we still have to deal with it. Religion was created by early, uninformed people to explain the reasons behind the seemingly random events that occur throughout the world, and that was just the beginning. It remains because people fear their oh so merciful god, because if the don't believe in it and worship it unconditionally then they will burn for all eternity. It seems unlikely that an omniscient, omnipotent being, such as god, would be so fickle and petty that it would condemn a person to burn in hell for all eternity because they weren't dumb enough to fall into this fallacy.
The truth is religion is a poison to the world (or as Christopher Hitchens so elegantly put in his book God is not Great, religion poisons everything).
My point is this: religion was created to explain worldly events that couldn't be explained in any other way. Well now we CAN explain these things through science and logic, not only explain them but prove them. So let's put "the good book" down, remove our blindfolds, and rid the world of this vile, repulsive curse on the world.