There Is No Pride In Being Part Of An Organized Religion
In my opinion ,there is no reason whatsoever to be proud of belonging to an organized religion.
With all due respect I don´t understand how someone can feel proud of being Jewish,Muslim,Catholic , etc, when those are simply insular ways created by men to explain our relationship with the unknown with all the limitations we as humans have to understand it.
That is not a personal achievement you can claim as yours. Being a member of an organized religion is not a distinction you earn thru hard work. It is normally imposed on you in childhood, or chosen for pretty selfish reasons in adulthood.
I was raised Catholic, I was never asked if I wanted to be Catholic, it was just the way it had to be in those days.
So I grew up belonging to a Church I knew very little about, but that didn´t matter. The important part was to be a follower , to attend services and to recite almost incomprehensible prayers but not to have a deep understanding of what this creed was about. I never liked feeling like I was not supposed to understand certain mysteries, certain dogmas and rituals. I wanted to, but nobody bothered to explain them to me in a rational and respectful way. After years of dissapointment and a lots of soul searching I finally distanced myself from the Church, and I have never looked back. And the more I read history books the more ashamed I am of having ever belonged ( although not voluntarily) to a Church who insisted to convert everyone to their faith by killing, burning or segregating.
And these horrible practices have been the same for pretty much all other religions, like the other two I mentioned above , that are equally full of man-made dogmas, rituals, fears, guilt , sins , Holy Wars and isolation, and for the hundreds of other new religions that are created everyday by sharp businessmen who promote Eternal Salvation for the exchange of dollars, material possessions and your soul.