I am a little confused are we talking about extremist who are fanatical to the point of suicidal or are we talking about some mates around a dinner table talking religion after a few drinks or more?
Personally religion for me is interesting I have studied most to a comfortable level and have taken a bit from each one, so i have a belief, not that anyone else cares!!
I am comfortable talking about religion, i almost envy a person who is that dedicated.
But for me religion is the root cause of all monstroscities, 9/11, IRA , insane acts of extremism that cause another heartache and all in the name of religion.
all wars are caused by religion, so for me I stand and gaze on, impartial, a little confused that I can't believe LIKE OTHERS WHO find such comfort but also relieved too, that at least I have the impartial and unbiased knowledge that religion is not all good, but the answer that no matter what he is called allah, buddah, god etc it would seem that all religion is based on the same principal of a belief system, faith and prayer, no matter which one, christanity, hindu, catholic each and every believer shoul have a healthy repect not only for all others, but a mutual understanding for others beliefs...but this is where it all goes to pot, and accustaion, fanaticalism, terroism, a blinkered belief that their religion is the only religion....
So for me there is no true faith, no one religion, or a God, but a common Principal adopted by different cultures, who open to interptation, brought a religion to their culture,
forgetting as the years progress where they had achieved this concept from.