Well, I was born a Buddhist...I would say that buddhism are about study of the mind more than spirituality. Taking care of the mind. The spirituality and superstitions part are just later tie in with the Buddha's teaching...it is easier for people to understand his teaching this way. Apply it with tradition that they are already custom to. Some of his teaching may sound absurd and impossible, but that's okay, he never said that he is right or everyone must see his way. That's up to you if you want to believe or not, but you could try and apply his teaching, sees if it work for you or not.
Buddha emphasise observation and analysis: he invites us to think for ourselves whether his teaching makes sense or not, and whether it brings us happiness or not. if yes, then we should follow it, if not, we can leave it. there is no dogma in Buddhism that has to be believed in order to avoid hell. also, Buddhism deals specifically with our suffering and how to alleviate it. it does not put too much emphasise on metaphysical aspects: hell, heaven, god, etc, which we may never understand with our limited time and knowledge. also, Buddhism teaches universal love for all living being (not just humans). Buddhism scriptures contain thousands of pages. You will not find any single verse which advocates violence toward other living beings, misinterpreted or not.
I know Buddhism is probably the only one I have a shred of respect for - but people need to be realistic. It's hard it's fair share of darkness too, if I recall correctly it didn't take to kindly to women being monks at one point.