this is bit of a red herring because it is tangential to the discussion, IMO. I use the Fundie label because it shows I am addressing the extreme and not the religion itself.
Exactly a red herring. Just my point.
So why use the label? So as not to offend the mainstream?
Or to further distance yourself from them?
I don't automatically think of suicide bombers when I think
of Muslims, though many Americans due ( probably fundies do!).
don't forget the evangelicals - Billy Graham etc<quoted text>
I dont think many Christians label themselves as "fundamentalists" (in my experience). Baptists, Born Again, Biblical Christians, etc etc are the labels I am more familiar with
But I think EVERY religion has their extremes. What I mean by that are those groups who follow their text or leaders literally, and as such tend to have control issues and prejudices.
I think many of them could be called fundies