This is the sixth segment of a nine-part series on religious horrors, cruelties, atrocities and tragedies of all types.
Many people think the Crusades were romantic quests but they actually were a nightmare of slaughter, rape, looting and magic tales.
Atheists are construed as immoral beings who are more likely to commit grotesque acts such as incest, animal torture, and serial murders.
The core values of human behaviour come not from religion but from common sense about living together without violence and hatred.
Millions claim that religion causes believers to be kind. But an ugly flipside exists, a beast lurking in shadows behind supernatural faith.
Accused women were stripped by inquisitor priests who searched their bodies for "witch marks" where they allegedly suckled demons.
To Evangelicals, the Old Testament is the timeless Word of God, except when the vile atrocities described there become inconvenient.
There is a lack of broad public understanding that explosive population growth will increasingly affect our capacity to survive as a species.
Who would know? But why would they want to give up when they could control so much wealth and power down through the ages?
What about those who still serve? Religious cynicism and indifference could have helped pave the way to the Church's current troubles.