At the possible risk of being perceived as "the bad guy" in this forum (which I cannot allow to matter to me because some things are more important than popularity), I'm really not going to argue this any further after this post... I'm going to make one last point, and after that, if you choose to tell yourself that the main appeal of the Big Three religions, and possibly all religions, isn't an addictive love of sado-masochism, then that's all you.
You can tell yourself anything, to justify anything you want... I can't stop you there, and I'm not exactly sure that I would if I could. All I know is that perversion is perversion, and it sometimes actually does exist... i.e., reality. And for you to try and scapegoat me by saying that my awareness of the basic perversion in religion does NOT really exist in reality, and that it's all in MY "perverted" head, is the sort of oily cowardice that Ayn Rand calls subjectivism, which I resoundingly agree with.
It's not right because Ayn Rand said it; Ayn Rand said it because it's right. If Ayn Rand based her entire philosophy on some rubbish that one plus one is three, I would have nothing whatsoever to do with Rand at all, and would denounce her at every opportunity. It's her rightness that I embrace, not some zombielike, conformist, and sadomasochistic membership in a cult. "Randroids" do exist, I must admit, but for the reasons that I've just stated, I'm not one of them. You can thump your Bible all you like and chant that I'm a "Randroid" over and over again, but it won't make it correct, and I'm confident that no real Objectivist will be fooled by any such argument you might make.
Which brings me to my last point in this post: Since Ayn Rand herself has denounced religion for pretty much the exact same reasons that I have, what are you even doing here? Trying to convert us?
This is an Objectivist forum. Objectivists believe that reality exists, and must not be delusionally "re-shaped" by human whim. And that is precisely what religion is.
You don't have to have a cookie-cutter belief in all of Rand's ideas. All of us in this forum do not necessarily agree on all of Rand's basic tenets, but the one thing I think that we all have in common is the profound commitment to the idea that reality does exist, and that only rigorous logic and sober and uncompromising observance and acknowledgement of that reality will help us futher ourselves as human beings. Your spellbound love of religion contradicts this fundamental bedrock of the Objectivist philosophy, and is not merely some minor disagreement.
By that standard, you have demonstrated yourself to be a rabid subjectivist with your vehement promotion of religion. As such, this is not your niche.
Furthermore, it is unethical for you to try and reshape the basic essence of this forum into the sort of atmosphere where your sort can "breathe better": a pro-religion forum.
So, rail against me all you like after this, I'm through with this particular discussion.