I have found that the best common ground in America about this subject is the 1st amendment. I believe in God, but I don't believe in churches or messiahs. My beliefs require NOTHING from you. But everyone else beliefs seem to require something from me. It turns into a clash of egos, and it pisses me off. Then people turn religion into some sort of arbitrary method of passing judgement. But since no man alive today is perfect, then how can he stand in judgement of anyone? Isn't that God's job anyway?
I don't mind playing a game of baseball with the Jesus freaks, but still..stop turning this into an oppressive standard. Its just another way of imposing conformity.
If you don't like what I have to say, then maybe it would be easier for you to assume that God created people like me to keep the Jesus freaks and bible thumpers on their toes, and maybe once in a while, call you out on your own bullshit.