From a female friend from high school:
No religion is perfect. Everyone of them have some kind of loop hole or hidden past. I believe what I believe mostly because of how I was raised, I will admit that. I was not forced to believe, I would not be looked down on by my family if I did not believe. I like believing that there is more to the world than this hell whole. I like looking forward to a peaceful place, even if you don't believe in heaven.
I don't look down on anyone for what they believe, I find other beliefs interesting and i love discussing it with others. I am may not totally agree with it but it is their belief not mine
I could not imagine living life without the feeling of peace that a higher being is guiding me, protecting me and my family. As far as the war goes, the only imaginary voice that told Bush to invade was his father. I understand the feeling of having someone overseas and fighting a meaningless war, a war that has been going on for centuries. All I can do is pray that he comes home safely to his family and praise God every time he does. Most of the time all I have is prayer.
It takes strength to talk about any religion/belief these days and I am glad that you are forward and honest, I have always admired that about you!! =)