Originally Posted By: O
They seem to want me to become converted to the religion before I am allowed to understand what it is I am agreeing to ... that probably doesn't make sense.

It makes perfect sense. If they wait until you understand, you may choose not to convert. If you convert first, you will accept whatever they tell you as the truth.

I don't know a lot about the religious situation in US, but I have the impression that various Born-again Christian Sects are very influential. My feeling is that they can be a bit on the dogmatic side. I believe some of them are funding efforts in UK to change the teaching of creation/evolution in our schools.
There never was nothing.