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Jesus H. Christ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-22-04 03:21 PM
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1. No, I don't think there is anything more than stupidity or fear.
"Moreover, fundamentalism fulfils basic adolescent desires for a sense of belonging and acceptance."

Yes, I remember when I was an adolescent all I wanted to do was be abstinent and do exactly what my parents told me to do.
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  -Why do people turn to fundamentalism? RUDUing2  Dec-22-04 03:18 PM   #0 
  - No, I don't think there is anything more than stupidity or fear.  Jesus H. Christ   Dec-22-04 03:21 PM   #1 
  - not what your parents told you but didn't you want to be accepted by  RUDUing2   Dec-22-04 03:23 PM   #2 
  - Here's another little gem.  Jesus H. Christ   Dec-22-04 03:25 PM   #3 
     - think they are meaning "free love", the belief that illegitmacy was not  RUDUing2   Dec-22-04 03:28 PM   #8 
        - No, I think it was black people.  Jesus H. Christ   Dec-22-04 03:31 PM   #12 
  - When you were an adolescent  Warpy   Dec-22-04 03:28 PM   #9 
  - It may just boil down to  POAS   Dec-22-04 03:25 PM   #4 
  - not needing to make choices  ChristaElaine   Dec-22-04 03:52 PM   #23 
     - Hi ChristaElaine!!  newyawker99   Dec-22-04 07:04 PM   #40 
  - Pretty much feels like that is the case.  coloradodem2005   Dec-22-04 03:25 PM   #5 
  - Because it's safer in troubled times to have absolutes  MsAnthropy   Dec-22-04 03:25 PM   #6 
  - Ignorance and insecurity  Dora   Dec-22-04 03:28 PM   #7 
  - Because in one of their greatest hyocrisies the party of  Career Prole   Dec-22-04 03:28 PM   #10 
  - It provides a comfort zone...  4_TN_TITANS   Dec-22-04 03:30 PM   #11 
  - good post. thanks.  RUDUing2   Dec-22-04 03:32 PM   #14 
  - Because thinking hurts  hobbit709   Dec-22-04 03:32 PM   #13 
  - Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so.  JHBowden   Dec-22-04 03:37 PM   #15 
  - I agree with all these posts and...  El Supremo   Dec-22-04 03:37 PM   #16 
  - "they were lured in by the faith healers to solve their problems"  ChristaElaine   Dec-22-04 04:03 PM   #24 
     - Welcome to DU!  El Supremo   Dec-22-04 04:23 PM   #26 
  - I find the addiction prone are drawn to it.  Touchdown   Dec-22-04 03:38 PM   #17 
  - I agree about replacing one addiction with another...  RUDUing2   Dec-22-04 03:45 PM   #19 
     - You both beat me to it...  LostinVA   Dec-22-04 03:49 PM   #20 
  - It's not stupidity, it's fear of complexity  noonwitch   Dec-22-04 03:40 PM   #18 
  - I would agree, but say it is a want for a security.  kohodog   Dec-22-04 08:59 PM   #45 
  - they are afraid of a changing world  madrchsod   Dec-22-04 03:49 PM   #21 
  - A number of reasons I've long felt likely to contribute,  SOteric   Dec-22-04 03:50 PM   #22 
  - Exceedingly well said!  Dr_Greenthumb   Dec-22-04 08:43 PM   #42 
  - For all your reasons and ones stated above......  serryjw   Dec-22-04 09:23 PM   #46 
  - This answer will not be popular but it is true nonetheless.  Pepperbelly   Dec-22-04 04:16 PM   #25 
  - "Why are they like that?"  ChristaElaine   Dec-22-04 04:25 PM   #27 
  - I disagree ...  Pepperbelly   Dec-22-04 04:36 PM   #30 
     - Think of it this way:  ChristaElaine   Dec-22-04 04:44 PM   #32 
        - but ...  Pepperbelly   Dec-22-04 04:45 PM   #33 
           - You bet.  ChristaElaine   Dec-22-04 04:48 PM   #34 
              - I guess that philosophically, I know them by their works, not their faith.  Pepperbelly   Dec-22-04 04:51 PM   #36 
              - Playing with words  aneerkoinos   Dec-23-04 09:42 AM   #56 
                 - playing with words indeed  ChristaElaine   Dec-23-04 09:53 AM   #58 
                    - exactly...if it isn't okay when *they* do it, then it isn't okay when *we*  RUDUing2   Dec-23-04 01:01 PM   #60 
                    - Sorry if you misunderstood  aneerkoinos   Dec-23-04 05:38 PM   #62 
  - missed one  Sentath   Dec-22-04 04:55 PM   #37 
  - No wonder  aneerkoinos   Dec-23-04 09:45 AM   #57 
  - Good post  aneerkoinos   Dec-23-04 09:34 AM   #55 
  - One of the better threads today...  4_TN_TITANS   Dec-22-04 04:27 PM   #28 
  - thank you...I was raised SB and have lots of relatives and friends who are  RUDUing2   Dec-23-04 08:53 AM   #50 
  - In my case...  LanternWaste   Dec-22-04 04:31 PM   #29 
  - Karen Armstrong's theory is that it appeals to people who have  Lydia Leftcoast   Dec-22-04 04:44 PM   #31 
  - I don't know about that ...  Pepperbelly   Dec-22-04 04:49 PM   #35 
     - An example of "nostalgia for what never was" is  Lydia Leftcoast   Dec-22-04 05:02 PM   #39 
  - Jesse Ventura said that "religion was for people with weak minds."  mediaman007   Dec-22-04 04:59 PM   #38 
  - that is because IMO liberals worship Jesus of Nazareth...  RUDUing2   Dec-23-04 08:55 AM   #51 
  - Same reason they join cults  ComerPerro   Dec-22-04 07:15 PM   #41 
  - Um, because they're brainwashed?  neebob   Dec-22-04 08:49 PM   #43 
  - Because it provides hope in desperate times.  Sirveri   Dec-22-04 08:56 PM   #44 
  - For the same reason people post questions  RetroLounge   Dec-22-04 09:29 PM   #47 
  - B and D.....bondage and domination? n/t  Undercover Owl   Dec-22-04 10:46 PM   #49 
  - Funny how that works, huh?  PurityOfEssence   Dec-23-04 05:12 PM   #61 
     - Exactly. Thanks for expanding on that.  RetroLounge   Dec-23-04 05:49 PM   #63 
  - Imbalance  davekriss   Dec-22-04 10:42 PM   #48 
  - Fascinating post. Is there more? Where do I buy the book?  The Stranger   Dec-23-04 09:08 AM   #52 
  - Another good post, thnx  aneerkoinos   Dec-23-04 10:01 AM   #59 
  - Sick and tired dope fiends and career prison inmates  bo44   Dec-23-04 09:27 AM   #53 
  - Fundamental systems work in specific environments  Az   Dec-23-04 09:33 AM   #54 
  - Projection too  ThoughtCriminal   Dec-23-04 05:57 PM   #64 
  - An absolute fear of normlessness...  LostInAnomie   Dec-23-04 07:31 PM   #65 
  - You'll find some of the best explanations  China_cat   Dec-23-04 08:06 PM   #66 
  - Good book...  Ladyhawk   Dec-23-04 08:18 PM   #67 
 

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