I don't know how many times I've said this, but there are messages withing various religious texts that advocate violence or discrimination. I know there are a lot of positive messages too, but let's not pretend it's all sunshine and rainbows. I can get behind a lot of what you wrote here, especially because I practice meditation myself. I guess it depends on if we are defining religion as the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power(a personal God or gods) versus a pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance (more like a lifestyle). It seems like an important distinction to make.