I'd like to say that I fit neatly into a category, or a religion. Truth is, ever since I was 11 or so I haven't really considered myself one thing or another. The past few years I've given some serious thought to what I believe, and I think I've come up with something that works for me. I've mentioned some of this in the past, which is why this is behind a cut, so you can ignore it if you want. :)
I believe that there was and possibly is a creator or god or something like that. The universe started somehow, and I believe there was a higher power that started it all. I don't think this higher power has direct contact in all of our lives, though. I think that our lives and the paths of history are lined up like dominoes with various branches off of all of the lines, and we can help sort of guide which branches go and which don't. The higher power or what-have-you may have some influence over those paths, too, but not ultimate control. Our lives can be used to decide which way we want the dominoes to fall. As far as fate goes, that may just be the ultimate destination of some of the paths. Some of the paths may diverge and then converge on the same point at a later point, as laid out by the higher what-have-you. But it's still possible to avoid those convergences - nothing is fool-proof.
After this life, that's probably it. We live this life and leave behind our influences on various paths, and that influence continues on long after our lives end. But I don't think there's really anything as far as an afterlife goes - heaven or hell. I really almost wished that I did believe in an afterlife, because it would make dealing with death so much easier, but I think that may be why various religions created the idea of afterlives - to give comfort to those left behind.
Regarding other religions and things like homosexuality and abortions, I think that that's up to each person to decide for him- or herself. Religion is not something that should be forced onto another person, nor are ideas about how to live one's life. So long as a person makes a positive influence on the world, big or small, how that person lives his or her life is not really anyone's business.
I wonder, maybe I have the beginnings of a religion here...? :)