Most, if not all, of the most monstrous atrocities ever persecuted by man against his fellow man were committed either under the banner of religion or the flag of patriotism – which is precisely why I feel absolutely no pride in confessing that I am both religious and patriotic. But I am primarily a humanist. I believe that no principal should ever be exalted above humanity for this inevitably leads to intolerance and the implicit condonement of inhumanity. As I see it, the single most defining purpose of both governments and religions should be to effect the humane and ethical treatment of all human kind, not just a geographically or ethnically select few. If not that, then what? How can we ever justify any attempt to preserve our humanity through inhumane means? [John 18:36, Matthew 22:37-40]
In many (most?) churches there are programs and activities... but so little worship. There are songs and anthems and musicals... but so little worship. There are announcements and readings and prayers... but so little worship.