Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.
Cultural belief systems around the world provide evidence of cruel slaughtering of humans and animals in the name of their gods. Using traditions of sacrifice enable a whole group of people to participate in such savagery. We may not kill people in modern religions, but many bind the minds of their followers to think the highest good is to submit, to obey, to sacrifice oneself for the good of others. A healthy culture provides opportunity for individuals and societies to flourish. If one flourishes and makes provisions to see that all have opportunities to flourish, the culture can thrive. It is a sense of community that builds trust and respect and all attitudes that mutually support each other.
via John Jubinsky