I would like to know some views as to what the religious really want to achieve, and what drives them. It is easy to assume that the flock is caught up in group-think (or no thinking at all), but can it really be that simple? I have basically two concerns about the religious, and these essentially relate to their embracing of ignorance and bad science. First, I don't want them to implement a theocracy and influence laws which limit my freedoms or impose their views on secular society. A theocray would also be a disaster because there are so many competing religions, and all but one would be losers in that game. Second, I feel they are damaging those within their own camp who might otherwise become productive citizens. There might be a very sharp boy or girl out there with the potential to solve some real problems in this world, and if that child is effectively locked into a repressive cage, that is abuse of the child, society at large, and me as an individual.