My first impression is that this person seems to think he has something to say, and is caught up in his own self-importance. Some may find him entertaining, because he is counter-cultural. Unfortunately, he is dead wrong. To say that Jesus condemned religion is ridiculous. His performance is self-centered and egotistical.
St. Thomas Aquinas defined religion as, “a virtue by which men exhibit due worship and reverence to God.”
God is our Absolute Lord. In our being and in our existence we are completely bound up with Him, completely dependent on Him, completely ordered towards Him. That is why we owe reverence to God as our Lord, and that is why we owe Him a child-like and thankful love, much more than we owe to our parents, who have given us life. We are obliged to submit to Him. We are obliged to observe the Ten Commandments, which He Himself proclaims to us through our conscience; these commandments are built into our very nature: every human being, in fact every child who has reached the age of reason, knows them, even without divine revelation.
This attitude towards God is religion. By the word religion, I mean a relationship of reverent submission and subjection of man towards God. It is man’s fundamental attitude and relationship towards God.
Christianity is a religion, which seeks to enable us to achieve that relationship with God. The first business of religion is to answer the questions: Who and what is God? Why and how are we here? Where are we going? How are we to get there? Christianity answers these questions.
The Jewish religion is the foundational base for Christianity. Jesus condemned the hypocrisy of Jewish leaders, he did not condemn religion; on the contrary, he clarified how the Jews should worship God (practice religion) and live the Commandments. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit we have the Holy Scripture and Sacred Tradition as the map to heaven. The magisterial authority of the Church functions like the legend found on maps to clarify the symbols and distances, and guide us to our destination (heaven). Jesus left behind a visible Church with a visible authority. 2 Timothy informs us that there were bishops, priests, and deacons, and as you mentioned, Jesus set Peter as the visible head of his Church.
Without religion, man sinks to the level of the beast. In our day, we have seen the truth of this statement, with the attack on marriage, the supposed justification of homosexual activity, pornography, drug abuse, spouse abuse, etc.
Religion is the strongest tie that binds us together. If all men on earth were actually religious-minded in the sense described above and actually arranged the practical affairs of their lives according to the dictates of religion, earth would be a paradise. Religion is an absolute necessity for the existence of human society. A people without religion cannot long survive.
A religion, which has its roots in God as Lord and Master, is also the best protection for our personal liberty. Where order and justice as ordained by God are not recognized and acknowledged, there is room for nothing but the personal whim of political leaders and diplomats who want to make their subjects into slaves. An example of this is found in the Obama administration, whose highest officials and leaders have inscribed the fight against religion on their battle standards.
The great pagan philosopher, Aristotle, enunciated this principle: “Concern for religion must take first place in human society.” His master Plato writes: “Whoever undermines religion undermines the very principles and foundations of states.” The pagan Cicero is very emphatic on this point: “It has always been the conviction of all truly wise men that the moral law is not something thought up by man of something developed by human society, but rather an eternal truth, and that the whole world must act in accord with it. Its ultimate principle and foundation rests in God, who commands and forbids. This law is as old as the spirit of God Himself.” The natural moral law is God-given, and thus must be observed by all men on religious grounds. This was the judgment of the pagans, based on unaided reason, without revelation.
To destroy religion is to destroy civilization.