Also can I take religion not being shoven in my face? Because where I live (Russia) this seems to be the trend despite decades of atheist state.
The problem with religions is that you can't always opt out.
On one side we have these somewhat free states driven by a set of religious values. On the other side we have totalitarian atheists regimes driven by a set of sociological principles. And in the middle we find ourselves without acces to basic rights like free speech.
I frequently ask myself how could we solve that without hurting others rights.
I wonder what fellow HNrs think about that.
So if you already have a totalitarian state (see Shah Iran) bringing in religion will make it worse, not better (the current mullah Iran).
Sadly, I don't see any good perspectives. In rich countries, the main voting power belongs to people of considerable age. And they don't use much freedoms therefore freedom is not a selling point for politicians; medical care and pensions are.
And in poorer countries you can always band together enough Red Guards to establish a totalitarian theocraty if you don't have one already.
Going against religion won't do any good to protect free speech or any other human right. You'll only gather more enemies.
Why does religion go against us, but we should not go against it? They take pride in hurting whatever I consider worthy.
I think we should not be tolerant to people who violate basic human rights. They either behave or we should find a way to catapult them away.
Because I'm advocating against that.