FR: But it helps
I dont see the basis for your above statement. Maybe in the fundamentalist strands of religion. Which is why I made the latter comment about your exposures.<quoted text>
Me, familiar with Fundies?
Have definitely had more Jewish friends than fundies. The only I even know is a brother I rarely get to see. Though admittedly he is annoying.
My Philadelphia Jewish friend wouldn't eat a cheesesteak. But that may have been more from eating habits than religious reasons. So I can't definitely attribute this to strict compliance.
Do you know what is involved in a religious lifestyle? Sure, from the outside its about comformity. But with a set of standards up close and personal to apply at all times, it actually INCREASES your choices. By design. A spiritual path, if done seriously, will lead to a heightened state of awareness on ALL fronts, including a conscious awareness of behavioral choices.