I wasn’t really clear when I said “the institution”, I meant more of the ceremony of religion that people participate in to feel closer to whatever it is they believe in. Eliminate the interpretation of ideals from scriptures that were clearly written during a less enlightened time, and you’re left with generally benign practices that were made to make those people feel whole. I get that “God’s” word is just man’s word, but under the BS, it’s meant to fill in the emotional and esoteric blanks.

i see, my bad. so there i agree that being religious does not make you a bad person and holding a belief while not harming anyone with it is fine with me (as i tried to put into words in my previous answer). still i would highlight that any belief based on blind faith is at a higher risk to be exploited than evidence based reasoning