"Why oh why does the religious tosh persist, are they that insecure/weak that they need to think that there is someone "up there" looking after them? The planet would be a far better place if religion DIDN'T exist."
Religion and belief that some deity exists need not be one and the same. Anything that asks and answers "What is wrong with us" and "What do we do about it" is essentially a religion. Yes, I am defining religion as an innate human behavior. Your post asks and answers those two questions which indicates that you have some personal demons to exorcise if you truly wish to be free of this dread disease.