yeah a common problem for pretty much any religious group.
just as an afterthought though... If i were claiming to be a Buddhist (and I do:o) but i was stuffing my face with meat, filling my pockets with gold and fornicating allover the place( which i dont but...) -while i can see that it would reflect rather badly on me, would it colour your view of Buddhists as a whole or what the Buddha taught?
AND, given that in this example I am obviously full of sh*t, why would it annoy YOU?
Oh you so do
No, it wouldn't annoy me-it would upset me. There are a great number of people who dedicate themselves to their faith, only to have it made a mockery of by those who indulge themselves unnecessarily. I think it's unfair that people have to justify their faith on the basis that it no longer benefits from credibility. As usual the minority spoil it for the majority