...Well said "Bob of Q-F" and you didn't even call me pathetic or rant about the size of my ego...<quoted text>
I have already explained empathy in an earlier post: it is a highly useful trait that all social animals have, in order to facilitate social behavior.
Humans, as individuals, are weak (as compared to other animal predators)-- and with our oversized brains (again, as compared to other animals) we are forced to eat meat occasionally to maintain the energy-level the brain demands.
By cooperating, humans can not only bring down larger animals-- but entire groups of larger animals.
Empathy enables this social cooperation.
There is no justification for a god, here.
I would not burn a house of worship-- ADULTS are free to do whatever they please, in the privacy of their own social clubs.
But I >>would<< eliminate all tax support for all religions-- it is high time religion started paying it's own way, instead of leeching off the backs of taxpayers.
Tax exemption for religion is unconstitutional too.
..on your last point ...even you have to admit that religious institutions ...give a lot of aid to the poor...tax monies well spent...