I've been thinking about that saying, "I hate religion but love Jesus." I used to say it a lot. Then, some guy took the cliche and made a popular YouTube video out of it. Then Challies and all the other commentators disagreed. I think I disagree now, too.
Rituals and rules should not be the focus of our faith, but religion is simply how we relate to Jesus. To say you hate religion is like saying, "I love my husband, but I don't care for this marriage thing." You should love your bridegroom more than your marriage, but marriage is simply how you relate. Religion is not a bad thing. It's the means and not the end.