I often sound like I'm against religious people, when I'm only really against religions that teach hatred and harm. Wicca, Jainism...those religions aren't hurtful to anyone. I worry more about the Abrahamic religions like Christianity and Islam that have human sacrifice deeply imbedded in them at their core, and how the cult of victimization is emphasized. Usually, the best people of those religions tend to be the ones who ignore most the core values of their religions, like slavery, misogyny, and genocide.
I was raised Catholic. My parents and I took opposite paths after leaving the religion; they are evangelical Christians now, I'm an atheist. In so many ways, they are frightfully ignorant now. They also don't know I'm an atheist. They have so said so many hateful and hurtful things about atheists and liberals that I really don't want to go there with them. And these are two people who, when they were Catholic, were okay with birth control, thought women should be able to be priests, that priests should be able to marry, masturbation was okay, and evolution was acceptable.
They, for their own part, have fears that are played upon by hucksters like Trump and others. A lot of it is fear of change...change that is inevitable in life, and, to me, seems to be based in an all-too human fear of eventual death, the ultimate change in life.