I don’t know of you’re a fan of short stories, Christine Marie Merkel, but I participate in an LGBTQ writing group that does short theme pieces every two weeks. The theme this past cycle was religion. I was expecting a pretty good mix of pieces because our group is quite diverse.
But with a couple of exceptions, just about everyone in the group chose to write about how religion to them is about pain and exclusion. If you want to have a look, just scroll down past the announcement and you’ll find the list of submissions.