This is a pretty amazing article. Check it out.
There are a lot of comments on this yahoo article. It's so much fun when all the bible-thumpers come out of the woodwork to whine about their creation myths whenever there is a science article.
Science has given us the modern lives and technology that we enjoy: Everything from medicine to the industrial revolution was a result of men and women who were smart enough to ask questions and think for themselves.
I know there would be horrible things in this world without religion, but religion has definitely enhanced war, racism, bigotry, unnecessary deaths and torture. Religion gives the "bad guys" an excuse to do bad things in the name of their god.
People would say that religion is responsible for charity. Not really. Atheists and liberal non-believers have given just as much to charity as church organizations. People are generally good and will do good things, without being told to do so, by a religious leader. Helping hands are better than praying lips.
Ben Franklin said, "Light houses are more helpful than churches."