I've read several books criticizing the absurdities with organized religion. What many have failed to discuss in regards to perpetuating, religious ignorance; is the very nature of man. Given the influence of man, "his" natural tendency of being condescending, tribalistic, and fearful paves the way to most of the customs we take for granted. Do your research and you will find that many African-Americans & women in general have been brainwashed beyond belief.