Are you sure you want to delete this post?
Well your first paragraph jumps around to 4 or 5 different seemingly random topics and I'm not quite sure how to respond.
But I can answer the job application one. Age is an appropriate question and it is just general info and alludes to your experiences and maturity. I have never seen religion asked on any job application. I'm not even sure if it's legal to ask for that information. Gender and race are asked for two reasons demographic research and to see that an employee is complying with equal rights law.
Forgetting the past is a terrible idea. We will repeat the same mistakes over and over. Knowing and learning from the past is a much better idea. And there are 2 things that I have learned from history:
1. Religion is one of the worst possible ways to teach tolerance and love. It usually just ostracizes and demonizes anyone who doesn't conform. Just look at Islam and Chrsitianity.
2. Don't engage in religion discussion in a forum thread that isn't specifically about religion. It will get derailed immediately..... aww crap.... what have I done?