Are you a religious man MuEconRedLeg? I've often wondered how objectivists can be Christian (or any other denomination), since I've known a couple of people who espouse both beliefs.
I am Relgious.
I do not consider myself an objectivist or an Ayn Rand follower. I have studied all of her writings and enjoy them, but philosophically/Religiously I am more Baptist and politically much more Friedman.
I do think that she is a fascinating figure and brings many important points to light. But, much like Marx, people (for and against) pick tidbits of her teachings and rail on them or quote them without looking at the whole or presenting any real substance. Bluntly, I like to play Devil's Advocate and defend her work.
As far as an objectivist being religious that would be a tough sell. Considering that faith is one of the big evils in Rand's writings. But, many pillars of objectivism and the Protestant Work Ethic are similar, and none of Ayn Rand's writings say be an evil person it only says take care of you before you help others and you should not be forced to do so.
I donít think it is a stretch to respect and incorporate some of her teaching and be religious, but it would be a stretch to be a whole hog objectivist.