I do not deny the enormous amount of harm done by religious people I am merely pointing out that just because you have irrational beliefs that does not automatically make you a bad person.
The brilliance of the Abrahamic religions is that the texts are so ambiguous that you can be anything from a psychopath to a saint and justify all positions in between on religious grounds. There are millions of versions of Christianity as people pick what they choose to believe based on their individual world view and individual morality. I know a Christian who believes the only reliable word of Jesus in the bible is the Sermon on the Mount and he lives his life by it and ignores the rest; I don’t object to that.
There is a section of angry non-believers who too often make blanket comments about religion which conflates the truly bad with the innocuous. This is often perceived as being intolerant and it serves to entrench peoples religious views rather than loosen them.
The battle to free the world of irrational belief is a very long game indeed and I would suggest that phase 1 is to entice people into better and less ambiguous religions. Not least because at this moment in our history we really need religion - can you imagine what would happen if the billions of people who live in abject poverty with no hope of reprieve in this live suddenly stopped believing in a joyous afterlife? The promise of the afterlife is the most perfect of all promises because its a promise you never have to keep.
A mind open to irrationality is prone to accept a broad spectrum of delusional beliefs.
A child who is told there is a god, and believes it, is likely to believe in angels and purple angles on the moon or that the Democrats can save our nation from economic ruin.
I cannot see how humanity benefits from delusional thought in any form.
Although if free will is factored out, the entire dilemma becomes moot.