When I was little, my Mom emphasized to me very clearly that Jehovah's Witnesses were NOT a 'religion', they were a 'sect'. But that all changed once they were going to be taxed. Then they became a religion.
Religion is just another money making venture, attempting to control the masses with guilt and fear, offering up a false hope of some future prize if you behave now. Oh, and they don't WANT your money, they NEED your money.