I know that there is something called freedom of religion, but what about my rights? I for one find it offensive when I walk passed a Church or Mosque or Ghudwhara or Synagogue. I feel it infringes my rights. What about you? (Please give me your thoughs in the comments)
I voted no.
The religious have the right to put up their buildings too. In fact, some of the old cathedrals are quite beautiful and are architectural marvels.
As much as I despise religions, they all might as well be worshipping Bozo The Clown as far as I'm concerned, but they still have their rights for now.
They banned alcohol and practically invented organized crime in the USA. So they banned drugs, and you see how that is working for us. They used to ban books, which guaranteed that they would be best sellers. Banning stuff seems to be counter productive. I personally kinda like the idea of individual liberty. Just kidding. I actually LOVE IT. Let religion die on it's own.
England tried to ban certain religions. The king banned Catholicism and punished its practice with death. It didn't work. People practiced in private, they made secret songs and poems to identify themselves to each other. How do you think the Twelve Days of Christmas song came about? Banning religion simply doesn't work.
Banning religion would just incite a violent response. Intensely violent. We know what happens when atheism is enforced; often, it just results in the kind of tyrannical regime that Europe has learned to avoid. Slowly but surely, religion is dying on its own. Let it. Europe will shine as a beacon to the rest of the world.
I am angry enough to think that banning religion would expose the religious for being the ignorant, sick, mentally unstable, racist, sexist, sheep-like zealots that they are... but that's like quitting something cold turkey. We need to bring a real philosophical dialogue and mindfulness back into popularity, we need to discuss the meaning of the words we use to gain common ground and normalize rational, personal philosophical inquiry, or at the very least dispose of the idea that heaven or nothingness awaits after death and get people caring about who and where they are right now and not just 'looking forward to retirement'.