Always distrust an eager new friend who wants to communicate privately. It's most assuredly a scam. Brother Richard filters out 50 scammers for every one who gets through, but we get them regularly anyway. One thing to do is see if other members are getting identical messages. You can look under members. If several people are getting that message, it's time to report it - "Report an Issue" all the way at the very bottom of the page.
Yes, as you say, in our increasingly supposedly educated world, religion should be sinking. Over a century ago Richard Burton who was then spending much time studying religions said that he had concluded that man never worshipped anything but himslef.
So welcome to the freethinker's haven of truth and peace---far from the superstitious world of the god-believing masses.
"If we could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people. Greg House 2009"
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