to quote Hyde for "that 70's show"
"Although I respect the Judeo-Christian ethic, as well as the Eastern philosophies, and of course the teachings of Muhammad, I find that organized religion has corrupted those beliefs to justify countless atrocities throughout the ages."
although im catholic, but i find organized religion takes away from the personal experience one must have to connect to a higher power. More often people connect to this "higher power" through becoming at ease with their surroundings and make peace with their own personal surroundings. This occurs to many people when they are in nature, or in solitude..
also my the priest discouraged me from going to church...he said something about sleeping is frowned upon in church, and it disgraces God...but man those were some of the best naps, the incense, low lighting and soft music