I love it when people wag fingers at me when I use the term “ultra-religious” or “ultra-Conservative.” Usually it’s to tell me that they are religious and conservative but they don’t prescribe to that particular belief/action. Well, then, you are not ULTRA anything. Are you? *rolls eyes*
Look, people – the term ultra has been attributed by socioligists to extremist behavior. So when I say ULTRA-Conservative or ULTRA-religious, I mean the people who are extremists in those groups. It’s not my fault that you haven’t kept up with the proper terminology or vernacular when we have discussions of a social nature. Maybe you wouldn’t get offended if you paid attention.
Also, religious and faithful are not mutually conclusive. You can be religious and not faithful (you can do everything the religious organization tells you without believing it in your heart). You can be faithful but not religious (you can believe in something in your heart but not do everything the religious organization tells you). These are separate terms. Somewhere, people started equating the two as the same thing (maybe because they take dictionaries literally without reference). Religious means following doctrine set by an organization (usually one revolving around religion). Faithful means remaining true to the beliefs you possess. The key here is belief – too many people assume that someone acting religiously believes. There are so many people who act religiously but hide the fact they don’t believe. They often take advantage of others.
End of lesson. Don’t lecture me like you’re my mother when it’s evident you haven’t actually read up on these things (theology and sociology).