Hello and welcome, Dean! What a great first post.
I believe that religion has claimed and taken far, FAR more lives than it has saved. Having said that, I do have my own Spiritual practices that resonate with me. My own personal knee jerk reaction to the word religion is to despise it, but as long as a religious practice encourages one to think and to love rather than forbidding it... I guess that would be a pretty good sign.