Re: Religion itself is rarely the problem:- more of a problem is Organised religion.
"...the US is a christian state, or Egypt is a muslim state, and they VERY MUCH want to encroach upon everyone..."
As I said earlier, that's the ORGANISED religious authorities - who all too frequently have about as much to do with true religion as Blair & Mandelson & Co. have to do with socialism.
I am no adherent to any specific creed - neither could I claim in all honesty to be a follower of any of the three main parties in our parliament.
I can't really think offhand of any authoritative body - in almost any field - which hasn't become self-serving and corrupt.