It Seems Reasonable that when you want a yard of fabric, it's good to know what a yard is. By the same token, when you want to understand religious fundamentalism and extremism, it's good to know what religion is.
To me, religion is simply humanity's way to relate to the Supreme Being. So, what qualities of thought or character bring people closer to God? To know the answer to that question, is to know what is fundamental to religion, and what it isn't.
Is it possible that real religion is simply love? That word almost overwhelms me, it's so unfathomably good. And it's a word with so many meanings no one can define it for everyone. But like many others, I think I know it when I feel it in my heart and when I see it radiate from the hearts of others into their actions. I think I saw it just the other day.