1 There is a difference between realtionship, and religion!VERY Interesting Analogy I saw online that completely applies to the topic at hand:
"Elephants are power animals, able to lift logs with their trunks and knock trees over using their heads.
You might think it is strange then to find that elephants are usually kept tethered by their handlers with a length of rope or small chain that they could easily break.
This IS because they have been conditioned. This is accomplished by trainers through the use of a heavy metal chain to tether the elephants while they are still young. The elephants learn during their development that they cannot break the bonds and they associate them with their limits, boundaries, and freedoms. Later, when they are fully grown and are of adult size and strength, they still believe they cannot break that bond and so they never really try.
From then on, only a rope is necessary to keep them from breaking their bonds, freeing themselves, and realizing their true strength. You do realize I am not really talking about elephants at all don't you?"
There is no better analogy to explain why: 1. religion doesn't need to be pushed on children. 2. religion has no place in schools. and 3. fundamentalists are so angry - they covet the freedom and happiness of the untethered.
2 God has a place in Every life!
3 Not angry... sad!
Here is who's angry!
My first belief in God, and Jesus... didn't tether me, as I (I) Still did wrong, and Went my own way!
He did save me from the Evil I was in to, and He can save you too!