I quoted the rest reply wrong:
"They sure have, actually.
Let me tell you what kiddo, do yourself a favor and go open up a history book. It'll do you some good. Why don't you learn about how the standards of living were, when the Catholic church had more influence than any other power on this planet.
America, one of the greatest countries on earth, is that way BECAUSE of several principles which we hold dear, one of them being freedom of religion.
But yea, if you thought the Dark Ages and the Crusades were humanities high point in civilization, by all means, go live in some third world country where the the standards of living are the same. Let me know how you like it ;)
Things have gotten much better in this world since people have started to wake up, and break away from the the religious institutes that have dominated mankind for so long.
The mayans gave human sacrifices to their Deities. During the height of the Catholic church's power, you would be MURDERED if you taught science or spoke about it, among hundreds of thousands of other things people WEREN'T ALLOWED TO DO.
GOD is a personal thing. You should be able to be a great person, leader, or whatever your occupation is, regardless of which God you believe in, or if you believe in one at all. It should NEVER be a prerequisite , or even a PART of politics, or the workforce, or schools,e tc.