So, I guess my next question is: Do you all think I’m some sort of freak, or zealot?
I have to agree with you, that many people do extremely stupid things, "in the name of God." And it's those individuals (and sometimes whole groups) that give an awful reputation to the body of Christ, i.e. the Christian church.
Some people hear the word “Christian” and go crazy, because they know of some freak who killed the abortion doctor, or some nut who commited a horrible crime “in God’s name.” For the millions of us God-fearing, peace-loving Christians, this just rattles our cages. Because then when we try to show the world that God loves them, and that WE love them, they’ll have none of it.