Religion as is a culture with a specific set of practices, views, ethics, texts, holy places, and prophecies. There are many religions in the world, and these have enormous psychological control over humans. Though there are good and worthwhile issues related to religion, they are also equally damaging to human society.
However, I would say that not all religions are evil. Some of them are good and even nature and human-friendly. But, even these religions are used for selfish purposes by few people causing problems to other followers.
The problems with religions include
- Restrictions in life
- Forceful livelihood
- Gender inequality
- Psychological fear
Restriction in life
Few religions put many restrictions on life. They force people to do certain things, eat some kind of food and to wear a specific kind of dress. Though this could be acceptable to some but not by all. Those who do not wish to follow will face severe criticism, humiliation and even sometimes banned from society.
Most religions force some or other lifestyle patterns. They ask them to pray at certain times, eat, bathe and even practice a few procedures during nature calls. This is taught to the child from childhood. So when he grows up, his mind is confused about why he has to follow and what happens if he does not follow. Thus, many continue with livelihood patterns till their death. The mind is so much trained that, they may even never ask on why should something be done as per religion.
Religion is also one of the places with gender inequality. Some religions restrict women while other religion respect women. But the result would be that women are always in a disadvantaged position in society.
Most religions create psychological fear in the minds regarding birth, marriage, death and other issues. Though these could be useful to prevent violent behavior in the name of sin, some religions encourage it. People with this psychological views try to convert others into their religion and even go to the extent of using violence to achieve the goal.
Religions also provide a way to misuse their practices by others. This can be seen regarding discouraging the scientific discoveries or thoughts. Misuse of women, children and other with less social stature.
Though this article seems to be a brief view without specific examples, I think one could find more in regular news and also history.