It is amazing how upset you are getting over all this.More unsubstantiated and wrong information. They don't have "ties" to religion. That is a lie. They are religious institutions. Paid for and supported by whatever religious group. My wife for instance has a masters from Olivet Nazarene University in business. So you are just making up things now.
Your basic premise is nonsense and made up as well. A large part of human advancement came directly from religion including social, economic and education. They still do from religious research hospitals etc. So wrong again there.
According to whom? Religion at it's core is about spirituality. If it was about only control, why don't secular humanist regimes use it? Oh they don't, they tend to be Godless and use just force of arms. Systems of faith pushed us out of the stone age and into our now modern age. Systems of faith teach taking care of other, enlightenment and transcendence depending on your religion.
You are just painting with a huge brush with no real understanding of the history and the positive contributions from the past and present from religion.
Don't try and shift the goal posts with your strawman. This is about someone making a blanket statement about ALL religions and you trying to defend the ignorance of said statement.
This again has little to do with your absurd rhetoric.