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Reply #102: Of course it is an ad hominem. Fundamentalist christians IDENTIFY THEMSELVES as fundamentalist. [View All]

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Evoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-28-08 12:32 PM
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102. Of course it is an ad hominem. Fundamentalist christians IDENTIFY THEMSELVES as fundamentalist.
Edited on Wed May-28-08 12:33 PM by Evoman
They have no problems with the descriptor because *gasp* IT FUCKING DESCRIBES THEM. As much as we on the left dislike it, fundie isn't a bad word if it's properly used. It is sort of the "liberal" of the left wing. If a right winger called you a liberal, you wouldn't blink an eye because that is what you are. It describes you. Among themselves though, it is a prejorative.

In essence, people who use the term fundamentalists to describe someone who is not religious and has no fundamentals in the first place is using the prejorative version of the word.

It's not hard to see and I really wish that people who use the term would have the self awareness to look at themeselves honestly and see how they are using the word. When are you using it? Are you using it in anger? Are you using it in frustration?

Moreover, look at how we argue among ourselves. We all strongly express opinions, be it in political discussions or religious discussions. And I strongly believe that not a single person on this site ever goes door to door and evangelizes or, outside of discussion, approaches people and attack their beliefs. Actually, there are a couple of people who do, but I know that those people accept the term fundamentalist anyways.

The rest of us don't. Whether you say something negative about atheism or atheists (and if your honest with yourself, you know it happens) or you say something negative about christians or christianity (and again, it happens), IT DOESN'T MAKE YOU A FUNDIE CHRISTIAN OR A FUNDIE ATHEIST. To be honest, I seldom see anybody on here calling liberal christians fundies for expressing their opinions, but the opposite happens regularly.

Now I'm going to be even more honest with you. When I hear the term Fundie Atheist, I really don't get as angry as some of the other atheists around here do. Heh...I just see it as a fight or flight response from someone who can't argue about their opinions. If they want to call me a name because I post my opinions on some unimportant site in the corners of the internets, then let them. Outside of DU, most of the time, I could give a shit about religion and barely think about it.

If it makes you feel better, call me a fundie's not gonna stop me from spankin' your ass.
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