Religion is bad for the economy
A study by Harvard economist Robert J. Barrow and his wife Professor Rachel McCleary of the Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, found that less religiosity in a country correlated with more economic growth. Specifically, the study found that countries' economies performed best when people have relatively higher levels of religious belief than religious participation It also found that fear of hell correlates higher than hope for heaven with economic success. See http://www.wcfia.harvard.edu/programs/prpes/.
I have long held that religion has nothing to do with god; it is merely a social convention useful for providing money, power and sex (especially for Catholic priests who like children) to a male hierarchy. I see in the Barrow and McCleary research results that belief is not the problem, it is the hierarchy.