What are pros and cons of religion?

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Pros: It makes a good fantasy story.

Cons:
-religion kills free thinking. Religion teaches you to obey and not question anything.
-It contradicts scientific facts. E.g. the creationist story, how old the earth is etc.
-It breaks up families. Religious parents may disown their child for going against the religion. E.g. being homosexual, or leaving the religion, etc.
-It takes away self-reflection. Instead of finding your own purpose in life, religion provides a predestined answer for you.
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Pros:
It gives people something to believe in and brings meaning to people's lives. It's a coping mechanism.
Many religious places such as churches and temples do charity work that helps feed the homeless etc.
There are also religious organisations all over the world that do charity work in deprived countries.
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