Few things irk me more than idiotic religion. I have nothing against Christianity in theory, but it's a practical mess. For one thing, the Christian lobby is very strong in Washington, advocating for free religous expression for them, and limited expression of others.
This video from Russel Brand's show serves as a great reminder of how messed up religion can get, and how it can warp people:
One of the things that really gets me is when the guy from Westboro says "If the holy spirit doesn't move you to do something, you don't do it!" He's implying that every single action carried out by a human being is dictated by the Holy Spirit, by God. If that's the case, then homosexual behavior, violence, infanticide, abortion, etc. are all perpetrated by the Holy Spirit as well.
Then you have people who know religion is crazy, and go out of their way to make it even crazier, like this guy in New Jersey who refused to take a strainer off his head in the name of religious expression.
When it comes to religion, people need to just live and let live. For one thing, our political system is polarized enough without introducing the harsh doctrines of conservative Christianity into the mix. And, if you were to remove religion's influence from our political discourse, there would be a much healthier discussion over issues such as gay marriage, women's health and reproductive rights, abortion, rape, domestic violence issues, and education reform.
A friend of mine is fond of saying "our society will not be free until the last priest is strangled with the entrails of the last king." Not sure I believe that entirely, but the point is well taken in a way. Until we relieve ourselves of these arbitrary notions about what's acceptable to the "cosmic entity" we choose to pray to, we will be woefully unable to consider other points of view as valid, and will continually fail to make progress on issues that impact our society as a whole.