A religious heritage and experience which does not provide an inspired and inspiring ethical basis for human interaction is basically meaningless. Focusing religious attention on how to please God instead of how to treat one's fellowman properly is a perfect example. This is the very reason why so many people see traditional religion as unappealing and irrelevant..
Such religion is invariably about appeasing God and escaping to some place where I don't have to worry about human relationships and the associated ethical considerations. attention is directed to some divine being, and relationship and interaction with other human beings is so secondary as to be inconsequential.
This disconnect between pleasing God and operating ethically devolves into a host of negative consequences. Religious pomposity, selfishness, and self adulation are often the result, while pleasing God becomes the excuse for mistreating others. Instead of providing an impressive ethical standard, such religion actually encourages unethical behavior, wrapping it an assumed divine imperative.