GS CHandy says: >You are entirely wrong in your claim that my "real gripe is with established churches wedded to political power". My real gripe is actually that the 'religious endeavour' so willingly permits itself to be used by the political power. THAT is, IMHO, a major 'sin'. I've always felt that a major 'aim' of religion was to rescue us poor humans from sin. (However, I must observe that, in India, the 'religious endeavour' is often speaking out strongly against the misuse of 'state power' against the people - sometimes at considerable cost to those speaking out).
Well excuse me, at least I got you to plainly state your case at last.
GS Chandy say: >My underlying idea is to try to help people learn how to "think for themselves" - which possibly might enable them to escape the false ideas and values that the establishment' will always try to 'sell' them.