Many of the Pagan religion were even more repugnant than Christianity and Islam. I heard of one religion where warriors were required to kill someone on their wedding day. Zeus was a god who was said to rape boys and women.<quoted text>
The word looks like it means "against deities". Very Buddhist.
While I rejected the Christian Church (I was raised Methodist) and it dogma as such, I never saw a problem with the "imaginary friend in the sky". But I found it all better explained by pagan philosophy, from Celtic to Hindu to Mayan.
Anyone familiar with the history of Christianity in the Roman Empire knows that the madness we see currently exhibited by Waha'abi/Salafi/jihadist Islam was in full bloom in the first centuries of the Christian Empire. They brutally tortured and murdered "heretics" and pagans. They enforced an extreme misogynist and fundamentalist regime which destroyed the Empire's military strength, hygiene and health, art and intellectualism.
For many centuries "Christians" and "Muslims" have ravaged the world culturally and economically. Their regimes have sunk humanity into a seemingly interminable misery. The high cultures and far more just social systems of civilizations in India, multiple African regions, Europe, the Mideast and beyond have been replaced with a mindless theoimperialism which continues to afflict the world.
Even when secularized, as is now the case in the Christian West, the same paradigm is in effect, the same assumptions, the same modes, social relations, social structure, culture...
Pagan patriarchal imperialists (e.g., the Roman Empire) were bad enough, but this...
We need a resurgence of paganism on all continents and a resurrection of the culture they've destroyed, to the extent that is possible.
The reality is that religion needs to be abolished all together. Why worship something you have no proof of.