People do not kill for religion - that is only the excuse they use for doing what they would have done, anyway. People need excuses for the killing they do - some such excuses are "self defense", "Glory of God" or even "The Devil Made Me Do It." People kill and torture for reasons of their own, and in EVERY case it is because of one or more of the "7 Cardinal Sins", which are...
Pride - excessive belief in one's own abilities, that interferes with the individual's recognition of the grace of God. It has been called the sin from which all others arise. Pride is also known as Vanity. (Bill Maher?)
Envy - the desire for others' traits, status, abilities, or situation. (Occupy Wall Streeters?)
Gluttony - an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires. (Imelda Marcos?)
Lust - an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body. (John Edwards, Bill Clinton?)
Anger - manifested in the individual who spurns love and opts instead for fury. It is also known as Wrath. (Terrorists, idealogues)
Greed - the desire for material wealth or gain, ignoring the realm of the spiritual. It is also called Avarice or Covetousness. (Madoff?)
Sloth - the avoidance of physical or spiritual work. (perpetual welfare people)
Certainly, people may be killed or wars started in the NAME of religion (excuse), but never for the SAKE of religion (reason). Religion is not to blame for things that mere mortals choose to do.
So, Bill Maher et all, if you decide to stop flaunting your absolute ignorance, try facing the truth for a change. You do not hate religion because of any deaths. You hate religion because it holds people accountable for their actions, and imposes moral values you would rather ignore. Like most atheists, you are like the ostrich that hides its head in the sand - you think if you cannot see the danger then it cannot harm you.