I believe in God. I dislike religion.
I don't believe in God. But I like religion.
I agree, religion (as well as politics) has created the greatest divisions among people. And itâ€™s just sad, to say the least.
It's true that religion and politics result in echo chambers, tribalism, division, abuse, etc. But they also represent unifying forces, culture, and civilization. Carl Jung said that in childhood our superego is formed and modeled by our parents; in adulthood, our superego is formed and modeled by the prevailing "cultural canon" as expressed by our religion, culture, tribal rituals and rites, etc. Without all that stuff, we would have nothing.
The trick is in finding balance. That is, encourage some group culture (via things like religion and politics) while also allowing for tolerance and individualism and expression of dissent.
I don't practice Christmas either. But hey, happy holidays to those who do.