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But blaming the religion confuses cause and effect. As cabinsmamma mentioned earlier, we don't look at people who have delusions of being controlled by the CIA and blame the CIA. We understand that they are ill, and their illness manifests as this specific delusion about the CIA, but had it not been that it just would have been something else. We don't think that if they had never been exposed to information about the CIA they would have been healthy. Does that answer the question?

Not really, because the CIA doesn't have a office in every street corner, nor do they come to your door trying to get you to join their organization, nor are they pervasive in the media and society, nor do they publish a book of rules, which threaten you with infinite damnation if you don't do exactly, precisely what they tell you to do, and promise everlasting rewards if you follow their exact prescription.

The people in the CIA don't dress in holy attire, they don't erect gaudy edifices in tribute to themselves, they don't demand fealty at the cost of your eternal soul.

Obviously not all religion makes people mentally ill (although by broad definition I can understand categorizing people who hear voices, get directions, and believe in invisible beings might qualify), but surely for the segment if people so highly suggestible and uncritical, mental illness would be a reasonable diagnosis manifested by their unquestioning acceptance of any story, no matter how absurd or unsupported by evidence.
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