Being raised in a religious household is an advantage. You keep yourself grounded in times of trouble. But I was lucky to get enough space to form my own opinion.
From what I observe, the more a person shows off his religious fervor and rituals the less he is obliged to practice the essentials in his life. In other words the external demonstration is inversely proportional to the internal quality.
I feel the religious awareness has been on a very high in the recent decade. But the faithful fail to identify the essence of the teachings.
As a simple example- if we believe God is all powerful, why should we bother to defend him when someone else makes a bad remark about him?
So when someone asks me what my dream girl should be like…I reply- Of the numerous qualities, no one should tell her religion by her dressing gear or her mannerisms or other symbols.