By this I mean, does the act of believing in something that may not be able to be empirically proven carry in it inherent harmful effects to either the believer or those around them? Is it possible that, (Atheist mind set coming out), belief in a supernatural event could cause the detriment of a person in that they would negatively influence those around them with thier "delusion"? Perhaps belief in the otherworldly can cause an individual to be, for lack of a better word, enlightened? So, is Belief (religion, spirituality, whatever label you want to put on it) inherently harmful?
My case is that it is not: Belief in something can lead to hope, general well being, and can very easily promote happiness and unity amongst a society. Belief, and, subsequently religion as a whole, serves a purpose because of it's ability to unite. I can think of no other force on this planet that has done a better job of driving people together, granted it has also done the opposite historically (and recently), but if you really think about it, what culture/civilization didn't start with some kind of religion at its core?
I would love to see a discussion follow this, with both the pro and con side presented, and I would also love to see both sides being rational, and not just attacking the other for their belief/non-belief.