I wouldn't want religion banned as it clearly brings comfort to numerous individuals.
Yes of course, and you want to bring back the Commies as well.
Marxist ! "Opiate of the people" All Marxist bullshit ! You, Marxist ! (Marxist and all that goes with it ! Gulags and all...).
Religion does not bring comfort at all, it's going the hard way.
Look at all these atheists. How surprising they wish to restart the world. They're bourgeois... utopians/intellectualists/elitists. We know since Huxley and Orwell that any kind of revolutions from above leads to dystopia rather than utopia.
The common men do not want to change the world. They know that the world IS.
These atheists are really baby-Leo Strauss. They think the mass is to weak to emancipate from moral constraints such as charity, hospitality, solidarity, amiability, ... while 'we' - the Philosophers - can (Nietzsche's "atheist priests"). And of course they would use a religion in order to pacify the mass, but MOST OF ALL never would believe in it (Voltaire power!).
How surprising the most of the baby-Strauss like Hitchens became Bush fans/neocons/Iraq War advocates.