This has not always been the case. At the turn of the last century, a group of evangelical Christians began to call themselves "fundamentalist" to differentiate themselves from a modernist movement which denied the deity of Christ as well as the inspiration of the Bible, among other things.
The term "Fundamentalist" only meant that they adhered to the FUNDAMENTAL, or basic, traditional, doctrines of Christianity.
We all have studied courses, such as "The Fundamentals of Math" ..does that make one a violent mathematician? I took a course in college called, "The Fundamentals of Test and Measurement" ...am I a violent test giver? Or, "The Fundamentals of Language"...does that make my speech violent?
What I want to express here, is that I am a "Christian Fundamentalist". I adhere to the basic Christian doctrines, I am not violent, nor do I wish to kill or inflict violence on anyone that disagrees with me. I can no longer use the term "fundamentalist" in many places without people assuming I am a violent person.
I found the following article which compares some of the fundamental teachings of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam to be enlightening. Although it in no way shares the complete statement of faith of the religions, it does show the primary motivation for the treatment of others as taught by each religion.
The problem is not in being a fundamentalist. The problem arises in what fundamentals you believe in.
"Love your enemies, bless them who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven."
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it, Thou shalt love your neighbour as yourself."
"Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might."
"You shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself."
1. You shall have no other Gods before me.
2. You shall not make unto yourself any graven image ...to bow
....down yourself to them, nor serve them.
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain...
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honour your father and your mother...
6. You shall not commit murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
10.You shall not covet ...anything that is your neighbour's.
Regarding infidels (non-Muslims), they are the Muslim’s inveterate enemies.
Muslims are to "arrest them, besiege them and lie in ambush everywhere" for them.
Muslims are to "seize them and put them to death wherever you find them, kill them wherever you find them, seek out the enemies of Islam relentlessly."
Allah will give "a far richer recompense to those who fight for him."
Anyone who fights against Allah or renounces Islam in favor of another religion shall be "put to death or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off on alternative sides."
A Muslim is permitted to kill any person if it be "a just cause."
"Fight them until Islam reigns supreme."
"Cut off their heads, and cut off the tips of their fingers."
"When the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush."
Muslims are to be "ruthless to unbelievers."
"Allah loves those who fight for his cause."-Sura 61:3
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