“Truth seeker 674”:
“If you want to see an area that has banned religion I don't think you'll find one. The closest I can think of is North Korea.”
Actually, North Korea under the current leader, Kim Jong-un, as well as under his now deceased father, Kim Jong-il, in effect is a “religion,” with the leader possessing cult status. The citizens, adherents to this type of cult, consider their nation to be a true utopia – a real present-day “paradise,” or “kingdom,” under their god-like ruler. It can be considered a “political religion.” (If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, . . . .)
This is similar to the social-political-religious structure of the first-century Roman Empire. The Caesars were actually considered “gods,” earthly representatives of celestial “gods” often manifest as planets (Mars, Jupiter, Venus). Such celestial/earthly authoritarian structures have emerged in this Roman mythology, as well as Egyptian mythology, Greek mythology, Roman mythology, and, as I like to call it, Christian mythology.
In many forms of radical charismatic political systems, even in an atheistic society (i.e., communist or fascist dictatorship), the relationship and dynamics between the secretariat and proletariat classes by definition constitute a form of “religion” in that it operates as a “religious” structure, or hierarchy. So, whether or not such radical political system or nation purports to be a “religion,” it definitively is so by reason of its modus operandi. If a political system is also part and parcel of a radical state-run religion, where the church and state are intertwined (i.e., radical non-Christian religions, such as Muslim Islam), the rulership of the government and the “church” together comprise a religious entity.
On the other hand, truly democratic nations, such as those in North America and Europe, even though they are non-radical by nature, ascribe to themselves as being nominal Christian countries (i.e., Catholic or Protestant). Such a nation (USA, Canada, UK, etc.) is certainly not a religion in itself (as church and state have long been completely dissociated, with any form of religious beliefs or affiliation being left to the sole discretion and will of each individual as he or she chooses), but it does have what is considered its “official religion,” as manifest in the traditional label “Christian Country,” reinforced, for example, in the famous statement concluding presidential addresses, “May God continue to bless America.”
My point is this: If a nation is radical – either with a cultish and god-like political leader (i.e., North Korea), or with a close-knit religion which is strongly state-sponsored (i.e., Muslim), then such a nation in effect is a religion. If, however, a nation is non-radical and secular (i.e., Christian), then, while not actually being a religion, it still nevertheless identifies with and embraces an “official religion” – it “has” a religion (at least nominally). Thus, there doesn’t seem to be any country or nation which exists in a completely religious vacuum – either it is overtly religious in the classical sense, or it is in effect a pseudo-religion with a cultish and god-like political ruler (even if it’s atheist), or it at least ascribes to an official, “pet” religion. I don’t recall any country or nation that is completely non-religious (atheist) and that does not have a rulership structure which is radical, authoritarian, or cultish in any sense of the word. So, if there is, and always will be, nations that are “religious” in one sense or another, then how the heck can the United Nations, or any other organization for that matter, even attempt to eradicate any and all religious beliefs, affiliation, or devotion worldwide all in one swoop – let alone succeed.
“Simplified” (dumbed-down) version: If all nations either are or have a religion of some kind or another, then, well, it looks like no UN ain’t going to ever just get rid of religion in the world – and certainly not overnight!