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Understanding fundamentalisms

With Islam and Christianity, look past similarities to differences

Osama bin Laden and his mentor, Sayyid Qutb, are fundamentalists. So are Jerry Falwell and, in a slightly more complicated way (because he's also Pentecostalist), Pat Robertson.

Bin Laden & Co. are Muslims who would rather kill you than let you connect them in any way with Protestant fundamentalists. Jerry Falwell & Co. are Christians who would rather see God remove you from the scene than let you associate them with Islamic fundamentalists.

They have good reasons to be kept at a distance from each other. It's not hard to respect those reasons.



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