I have to admit it, I'm kind of a CNN junkie. Over the past few weeks of so, there's been this CNN exploration of a "fundamentalist Mormon" sect in Colorado City, Utah that practices polygamy. Their leader, Warren Jeffs, is wanted by the authorities and has now gone into hiding.
Okay, so that's not the observation. But it led to one.
The use of the term "fundamentalist" is fascinating. What is it that we are trying to communicate by using this word? More importantly, why is it that when the term "fundamentalist" is applied in some places [like "Islamic fundamentalist"], it is equated as being a person who is over the top in an almost fanatical extremism, completely out of touch with who things really are.
And then when the term is applied to Christianity, all of us sudden it becomes something "good"?
How is it that one form of fundamentalism is labeled as extremism, while the other is embraced?