i live in Belfast, Northern Ireland. and have seen enough bombs, guns, death and terror to last anyone a lifetime, and when it comes to the point where you realise that religion has a big part in this, you kinda have to decide whether you believe enough to want to kill like these other people you hear about on the news or if your unlucky enough you have witnessed them first hand on the street. NOW, stuffs changed though, yeah, NOW they're fighting over LAND! lol. oh well, any excuse i guess... but my point is that Ireland is still widely viewed as a deeply religious country, but the majority of people i know are pretty secular. and tend to think for themselves. so i mean, if we can do it, surely everyone else can too? religion is a very silly thing to become entangled in. if your scared of death just SAY SO, there's really no need to talk to an invisible friend and ask him for forgiveness even though you have done nothing wrong. everybody has done something wrong obviously, but not to the point where it will have earned you eternal damnation! (right and wrong depends on your own morals and values, not others). but don't get me wrong, i tried being Christian once... I didn't work out obviously, i guess I just realised how stupid it makes people look. I'd rather be seen as a thinker before i die, not a hoper.