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8 Thoughts on “Extremists, Fundamentalists, and Assassins

  1. Would you please define what you mean by a “fundamentalist”? Do you consider anyone who speaks out publically against abortion an extremist? Is it okay to be pro-life as long as the objection to abortion is not voiced? Could you give an example or web-site of an extremist Christian who is celebrating Mr. Tiller’s death?

  2. I will do so tonight… when I’m not at work. I just wanted to say that I hear your concerns, and I will do my best to address them in a response… I think that many people can object to abortion and not be fundamentalists… because Fundamentalism has little to do with what you believe and more to do with how you believe it.

    Here are some links to articles I have already written on Fundamentalism.




    I will address specifically your questions later this evening… I knew if I put up an unfinished product I would get questions around how I am using those terms…

    Yours in Faith,


  3. It’s interesting Rev Sinkford’s condemed Tiller’s killer and remains silent on the killer of two GIs.

    Correct me if I’m wrong.

    ditto on the Fundamentalist definition.

  4. PS Jeff Goldbert has a pretty good take on these two shooters over a The Atlantic.: http://jeffreygoldberg.theatlantic.com/archives/2009/06/a_conspiracy_of_euphemism.php

  5. In answer to Bill Baar’s comment about UUA President Bill Sinkford’s apparent silence about the killing of the Army recruiter I will only say give him time. Like a day or two. It’s called giving him enough rope to hang himself. . . If President Sinkford says nothing about the shooting of the GIs in the next few days then he *might* be justifiably accused of exercising hypocritical double standards in his responses (or indeed non-response) in these two shootings. I personally only became aware of the shooting of the Army recruiters just now as a result of reading this blog post. That’s all for now but I will likely comment again on this matter later.

  6. See, this is why I don’t do off the cuff articles here at Celestial Lands… and this has reinforced that. Rather than compound my “off the cuff”ness, I am going to take a few days, and do a full article on my definitions of Fundamentalism and Extreemism.

    Thank you all for your patience.

    Yours in Faith,


  7. My answer on the question of the operative definition of Fundamentalism is here:


    Yours in Faith,


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