Just because you believe in a religion does not mean you have to follow everything in that book. In my opinion at least. I personally don't pray, and follow much of it, but I do use it as guidelines on how to be a better person.
And merry i$emas there is a lot of stuff that I agree with you on when it comes to religion, but I am not going to stand there and talk down anyone that does. For example, I believe in the big bang and not the 7 day theory or the Adam and Eve thing, but I have questions even about it. How did that ball of energy that created everything even get there in the first place? Even for religious people, if God created everything, then who created him?