your daffynitions, often out of context and out of date<quoted text>
No, they are not synonyms.
: the belief in a god or in a group of gods
: an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods
: an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group
credo, creed, cult, faith, persuasion
church noun \ˈchərch\
: a building that is used for Christian religious services
: religious services held in a church
: a particular Christian group
when he says that his intent was to employ "religion" and "church" as synonyms --- that gives context to his presentation(s) and your inability to understand because you are pedantic is irrelevant to the value of his statements.
You have failed to critique his statement --- you have merely offered a troll distraction.