this "fear of god" has certainly not had a uniformly positive influence on either ancient societies or modern ones. "fear of god" has been responsible for torture, exorcisms, genital mutilation, snake handling, sexual abstinence, and all sorts of other things that are shocking and abhorrent to all but the rigidly faithful. history is full of peoples and societies that lived unsustainably until they tore each other apart, "fearing god" all the way. american history in particular seems to have no period other than the Enlightenment in which the Church did not play a pivotal role in politics and events, but it has not made our history bloodless by any means.
modern times are very instructive. religion is omnipresent in current american politics. while in the 70's or earlier some would have considered it in poor taste to boast one's faith in public speaking, it is practically required now for candidates on either side to mention God right alongside with policy-making. of course, none of these people are as innocent and pure as they pretend to be. George W. Bush, for example, paused for prayer practically on the hour as president, but his "fear of god" did not require of him to make sound decisions, govern sustainably, or even govern without plain self-interest. another good example is the New Jersey money laundering ring that was busted a couple of weeks ago, in which not only three mayors and two state delegates were arrested, but five Rabbi's as well.
everybody draws their own conclusions, but what I gather from this is that religion is hypocrisy, so organized religion is organized and institutionalized hypocrisy, and by extension more religion equals more hypocrisy.
what we need is LESS religion if we're to see the world clearly. maybe then, without the self-satisfaction of faith, we'll be able to see the victims of our actions as a society, and make informed decisions without the corrupting and often arbitrary influence of ancient superstition.