The problem with conflating the obvious failures of religious institutions with the human religious impulse itself is that it misses far to much. I think Gabe's comments above are very much to the point. The religious impulse is a far broader experience than participation in religious institutions. Also, what humans want, and strive for in countless ways, is transcendence, the inchoate recognition that our "self" is constantly under attack by the universe (becuase the self really is not what it thinks it is). To protect ourself from the insecurity of its true natue, we need to align ourselves with something bigger, stronger, be it our parents, our family, our clan, our sports team, our country, or a god, and we try put our self aside with alcohol, sex, adrenaline, drugs, distractions. I think in a very real sense, we all are religious.
Given that I do think that institutional religions is not without its virtues, but it is also all too eassily suseptible to corruption and should be criticized strongly for that.
Here is a photo of a religious celebration:
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