So please don't blame the religions, blame the humans that are using their tools in a bad way, i'm atheist btw.
Yes, blame humankind. [...]
Why? Humans are potentially really cool and unique. Religion isn't potentially really cool and definitely not unique. For people who are able to think critically and think for themselves, religion has no added value. I've been in a religious environment pretty long and I have never seen religion improve a person. It may help some people restrain deviant and harmful behavior but then again; independent and critical thinking takes care of that problem too and can take you much farther into your own personal development.
I just don't get the sympathy for religion. It brings close mindedness, violence, rejection, confinement, decline, you name it. Just look at the most religiously led countries and see what blessing religion is for this world. We just don't need it anymore tbh, and especially not something as violent and rigid like Islam.
I definitely don't hate religious people though (my mother is quite Christian) and I respect people regardless of their religion. I just cannot respect religion in itself. It has held the world back for so long ffs.