Extremism in any shape or form is not representative of that common man. When someone starts to use religion as a basis for hate then they are extremists. The Pope is more accepting of the needy, deformed and even gays. Although I'm not Christian I really think he is a breath of fresh air.
Mark Carson a gay man was shot on the corner of 8th and 6th ave in the village for being gay. But in general we don't really see that here, the mood of being acceptable of other people is getting better every day. In Africa it is getting worse and they are using religion to quantify their hate. The Arab nations are also very unapologetic for hanging people in the main square for the enjoyment by the religious extremists.
I feel sorry for anyone using their faith for hate as opposed for good. I don't think that the basis of any religion is to hate people not like themselves.
I am not religious anymore since I cannot swallow the "better than thou" shit. Using religion to cover up CSA was the straw that broke my back.
Peace, Rainbows, Love, Healing & Hope
Stick around, It will get better....