Honestly, religion never comforted me, it brought me more sadness and pain than anything. Because my brain could not accept that an all powerful god would let innocent people be hurt. I looked for a 'why'. I am more comforted that there is no god to stop these things than if there was but did nothing.
I believe in A "Higher Power" ... just not the God that you think of. An energy. something greater than myself. Religion... well, there is just no excuse. While they do some good.. they a whole lot of harm. I also see it as a type of brainwashing.