A Fundy is a Fundy is a Fundy

"What's in a name? That which is fundamentalist
By any other name would stink as badly."

¬ with apologies to William Shakespeare*

Following the ignomy that was the 'Scopes Monkey Trial', American Fundamentalists took to calling themselves 'Evangelical Christians', as though this ameliorated their regressive, literalist, politically conservative, dogmatism.

I refer to these creationist bigots as fundamentalists and I think that others should act likewise. In dropping the term Fundamentalist Christian, these literalists hoped that people would forget their ignominious history of prejudice. Fundamentalism, whether applied to Christianity, Judaism, or Islam, shares regressive, power-mongering elements of bigotry and dogmatism.

* "What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
--From Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)


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