I put the term evil as more or less a joke. I don't disagree that religion really isn't all that different from the other pseudo beliefs out there. What I don't really understand is why there are so many people who like to say that they aren't opposed to religion (but might be opposed to other things,) and think that religion should get a free pass of sorts.
I will double down on NekoNinja, and say that religion is not that different from any other belief, unqualified, period. There are things that we can know with confidence and things we can believe. The former have no moral consequences, they just are. The latter, whether it is that a first century peasant was the creator of the universe returned for his own cryptic reasons to suffer and die to allow everybody to live forever (correcting an odd oversight for a supposedly omniscient being) or the belief that the small bits of truth that we have pried from the uncaring universe are sufficient to give us the warm glow of atheist superiority, are both just reflections of absurd self-confidence.
It is no great trick to know you are right. Every idiot knows they are right. The challenge is getting things to turn out for the best. If that requires overlooking somebody knocking on wood, or taking communion, or making a mistake about the timing of the the Treaty of Ghent. well, that is the cost of getting things done in the real world. Letting people be wrong is the essence of freedom. It is both polite and good strategy. There will come a real fight when we need allies that don't agree with us.
Not that we can't make fun of the benighted bastards here.