How right you are: religion has laid a dead hand on human progress these last 3000 years or more. Welcome to this cheerful friendly Internet community of rationality and peace, common sense and freethinking wisdom.
I'm glad you found this community, J.J.! It's good to see that you've joined a few relevant groups.
You'll probably get an invitation or two to other groups, and this is no exception. :-)
You might also consider joining Hang With Friends, where people hang out and talk about anything on our minds, from families to politics to lolcats. Since climate change is already having real effects in the world, I also recommend Eco-Logical and Climate Concerns.
(And I keep discovering interesting things in the "latest activity" list on the lower right of each page.)