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I think one also has to take into consideration the phenomena of religious extremists and the politicizing of religion, both can be very limiting factors in society. And haven't there always been "believers" who had some sense of religious affilition in order to simply conform? Faith and spirituality are tremendously important for me and I don't go to any pains to either hide it or shout it at the top of my lungs in the town square. The situation seems to me to be another example of individual opportunism, (at least in our western society), taking precedence over community and tolerance, just look at the societal trends of people forming their own "communities" consisting chiefly of people who believe and act the same way as they do.