There is a Comparison
By David Flick
There has been
some rather strong criticism on BaptistLife.Com Discussion forums about
drawing comparisons between fundamentalist Southern Baptists and
fundamentalist Muslims. Most of the criticism, however, has come from
the fundamentalist-leaning posters who seem to be unable to see the
obvious similarities found in all fundamentalists. I suggest that there
are at least ten obvious similarities between Southern Baptist
fundamentalists and Muslim fundamentalists.
1. Fundamentalists believe God is on their
side. The mentality of the fundamentalists, both Southern
Baptist and Islamic, is that God is most assuredly in their corner. They
perceive God to be exclusively their side in whatever battles they may
be fighting. The classic example among Southern Baptists is Paul
Pressler, who wrote that God was fighting the battle of the takeover of
the SBC “His way and not theirs.” (c.f. A Hill on which to
Die) Osama Bin Laden has, with a steady stream of rhetoric, made
this same claim.
2. Fundamentalists believe they are fighting
battles for God. The entire takeover movement among Southern
Baptists has been filled with such rhetoric. The most notable examples,
complete with “blood & guts” rhetoric, come from James
Merritt and Tom Elliff in the 2000 SBC. Osama Bin Laden’s steady call
for Islamic Jihad against America and all her allies gives the story
from the Muslim fundamentalists.
3. Fundamentalists believe they alone speak
perfectly for God. Fundamentalists do not believe anyone
outside their circle can speak perfectly for God. Examples: Osama Bin
Laden and the Southern Baptists inerrancy group.
4. Fundamentalists are mean spirited.
Self-explanatory. No commentary necessary.
5. Fundamentalists are short on love of
fellow believers and fellowman. Self-explanatory. No
6. Fundamentalists will accept nothing less
than total control. Osama Bin Laden and fiends are seeking,
through terrorism, to control the world. Anyone and anything which
inhibits their capacity to control the hearts and minds of mankind is
terrorized, destroyed, and/or eliminated. Fundamentalists Southern
Baptist leaders, by way of the takeover, seek to control the entire
7. Fundamentalists seek to exclude and
destroy their own when their views are not accepted. The list
of Southern Baptists who have been excluded and whose careers have been
destroyed is lengthy. Egyptian Prime Minister, Anwar Sadat, was
assassinated by radical fundamentalists because he supposedly sold
out on the Islamic fundamentalists.
8. Fundamentalists refuse to accept the
possibility that the views of others are valid. Self-explanatory.
No commentary necessary.
9. Fundamentalists refuse to cooperate with
anyone other than themselves. Southern Baptists
fundamentalists refuse to allow anyone to serve in places of leadership
(boards & agencies, seminary professorships, denominational
employment, missionaries, etc.) unless there is absolute loyalty and
perfect agreement with the top leadership. Islamic fundamentalists,
including the Taliban and Al-Qada, refuse to cooperate with moderate
10. Fundamentalists attribute guilt by
association to their perceived enemies. Islamic
fundamentalists attribute guilt to America for support of Israel’s
right to exist. Southern Baptists fundamentalists accuse conservative
and moderate Southern Baptists of supporting the homosexual agenda when
they work for common cause issues. Never mind that most conservative and
moderate Southern Baptists are opposed to homosexuality. The
fundamentalist mentality cannot separate cooperation on common cause
issues and supporting the homosexual agenda.
Fundamentalists of all stripes have common characteristics. Here are
ten comparable similarities.
-- October 22, 2001
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