I consider myself a moderate, but others may see me as an extreme moderate.
I personally find all forms of extremism abhorrent.
Religious extremists (who come in a multitude of varieties) are all dangerous. Those who believe that the word written in any book is the perfect word of their deity, have to ignore all evidence of contradiction as well as the thinking of their own religions historical record of the creation and modification of their books. Blindly following any leader with an archaic costume is always dangerous.
That is not to say that the meditative qualities of group introversion and chanting are all bad. Many people use the concepts taught through their religions as a way of living their lives within a morale code and they enjoy the power of ceremony, cultural memory and ritual to great benefit.
But most of these people do not take the direction of their religious group leaders as absolute, and make personal decisions as to which things to follow and which to not follow. Most people will not cause harm to others just because their religious leaders demand it. Actually most religious leaders won’t even ask their followers to cause harm to others.
But there are a small number of religious leaders who do advocate causing harm to others. Every day we see some of these on the news, be it the leaders of some sects of Islam, leaders of certain mid-western churches, or Hasidic Jewish leaders in Israel who advocate throwing stones at people who drive on the Sabbath. Most of the people who listen to these outlying religious leaders choose not to do what they are being asked. But too many people don’t do enough to act against those who do choose to follow those aggressive points of view.
When a politician is unwilling to take a stand against a fundamentalist view they become part of the problem.
When a republican chooses to not say they accept the theory of evolution as a scientific principle they increase the issue.
When a politician is not willing to denounce an extremist left wing group who have used violence to further their goals they are part of the problem.
When people in a pub playing great music put a coin in the bucket collecting money for those who use violence, they are part of the problem.
The power of billions of people who try to live a moderate life can be countered by just a few who wish to live a extreme violent form of a fundamentalist life, if those billions chose not to stop them.
Actively denouncing extremism in all its forms is a fundamental requirement for the world to be a better place. Does that view sound too extreme?