Joella, well said. I'm glad you came in to say your piece.
This is by no means a religious discussion, I think... rather a philosophical one. Trying to find a way to resolve the conflicting ideas around us, whether politicial, social, religious, is a personal voyage. We can't really go far by hitching a ride on someone else's boat...unless we want to accept them as the captain. I'm happier on my little homemade raft where I am responsible for what goes on.
From someone who was forced to take Latin, radical comes from the Latin word radix, meaning "root". Hence a radical is someone who prefers to get to the root of the problem, rather than meander around the periphery.