Al, that's a lot of questions. I don't agree that it's obvious that nonbelief produces better results. Nothing could be less obvious than the overall effects of religion or the lack of it. There has been a fair amount of research about various aspects of the question, but it's a tricky subject to study, with lots of potential confounding variables. I don't know what the state of the research is now, but I recall this review study from a decade or so ago that found evidence of some benefits:
"Religious involvement, spirituality, and medicine: implications for clinical practice"by Mueller PS, Plevak DJ, Rummans TADivision of General Internal Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., 55905, USAhttp://www.mayoclinicproceedin...
There has been more than plenty of bloodshed, discrimination, hatred, division and ostracizing done in the name of all kinds of nonreligious causes, even in the name of science and reason (as with 20th Century Marxism, officially science-based and atheistic). Yes, most of the evils of history have been committed by religious people, but then most people have been religious, so not much follows from that.
I don't know why you ask about people forcing themselves to have faith. It comes naturally to most. Relatively few people would try to believe something they know to be false, and I doubt it would be a good idea.
If what you're wondering is whether results should affect what beliefs people try to spread around, I think it should. More particularly, I don't see a good reason to try to get people to be atheists unless there's some good reason to expect better results. Why else would you do that? I think it's foolish and dangerous to assume that what has been a part of humanity for as long as we know of can be cavalierly dismissed as though we can obviously do just fine without it. Some care is called for.
"It's OK for religion to prey on people's emotional insecurities"
Didn't say that, did I?
I have nothing against atheists providing support for each other and promoting positive messages.
By the way, I'm an atheist, not that it matters to what I've said.
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