I view all religions as cults, the difference is in the number of its followers, and the complexities it acquires.
Religion uses every form of humanness to make it an exclusive of religion, where would religion be without the monuments, music, poetry or sacred rituals? In this sense it cannot survive without these aids as a conveyor belt to divination or supernatural. So in this sense it is materialistic in nature.
I invite everyone who have been contemplating on the issue of religion and is secular society the way to go as well as can we experience spirituality without religion. I will be posting some Utube videos which had been very useful for me in my own journey.
I start with a Utube video compilation of Christopher Hitchens by A Skeptic Human