Is Religion the Root of All Evil?

Over at Secular Philosophy they are running a series on the question, “Is religion the root of all evil, and if so, does science offer an alternative?” Along with a few clips from The Atheism Tapes, they've asked some distinguished guests like Michael Shermer, Susan Jacoby, and John F. Haught (who's book I'm reviewing here) to write 500 words on the question. This week my contribution has been posted. Enjoy.