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What religious fundamentalists have in common

What religious fundamentalists have in common

For those who are not familiar with John Fugelsang, he is an actor and comedian. He has appeared in several television programs and movies, including co-hosting America's Funniest Home Videos as well as appearing in CSI and Coyote Ugly. He has also performed at various comedy festivals, as well as a significant amount of stage work.

To many, he is best known as a political commentator. He has appeared on the show, Politically Incorrect, and has been featured on The Huffington Post. Additionally, Fugelsang is a regular on the The Stephanie Miller Show. His commentaries on the political scene have been featured on CNBC, Fox News and CNN, and currently he is the host of 'So That Happened,' on Current TV.

Fugelsang has been known to comment on religion, as he has on his latest offering from Current TV where he lambasted Fox News for their coverage on the crisis in Egypt ad their claim that President Obama has backed the 'Muslim Brotherhood President.'

Here is the video, transcript below:

Video Transcript:

We hear a lot about dog whistle politics used against President Obama. Well, last week, Fox News Nation’s website turned the dog whistle to a wolf’s call.

Check out this headline, my friends, ‘Obama-Backed Muslim Brotherhood President Overthrown in Egypt.’ Oooh! The only problem is, Mohamed Morsi wasn’t the ‘Obama-Backed Muslim Brotherhood President.’ He was the democratically-elected leader of the country.

But our extreme conservative religious folks really don’t like their extreme conservative religious folks over there. They’re fine with religious fundamentalist government so long as it’s us and not them, and the people who can’t abide the separation of church and state here really demand a separation of mosque and state over there. See, here in America, we have our own Christian Brotherhood except they’re not very Christian, and a lot of them don’t like brothers. But it’s interesting to compare the right wing religious fundamentalists of America to the right wing religious fundamentalists of the Middle East because they’ve actually got a lot in common.

It’s those hardcore true believers addicted to believing they’re always on God’s side; those are the ones making planet Earth so complicated for the rest of us, whether secular, atheist or religious. So truth be told, the fires of most of our conflicts today are fanned most ferociously by the fundamentalist wings of every religion, and they all hate each other and they don’t care how many of us get killed in their cross fires.

And there’s really five little things that unite all of these different fundamentalists, no matter what your religion.

  1. The Gay Thing – No matter what your faith, how conservative your religion is – Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu – the more you believe God hates gay people, which is obviously why He created so many gay people across the world, throughout all of recorded human history – God can’t stand gays, but can’t stop creating them, can’t seem to smite them, and needs you to clean up His mess. Again, the more conservative your faith is, whatever the religion is, this is what you have in common.
  2. The Woman Hating Thing – Liberal and moderate religious sects of all faiths honor and extol women, but the ultra-orthodox in many faiths have never run out of reasons why women are just not quite as good as men. Christianity is no exception. If you follow the rules in the bible, women are cursed, can’t speak in temple, are unclean when they have a child and if it’s a female child they’re unclean for twice as long, and have monthly menstruation and painful childbirth because Eve got suckered by a snake. And we all know the Vatican policy on women priests – no knob, no job.
  3. The third thing that links fundamentalists of all faiths is The Superiority Thing. The more conservative you are in your religion, the more you get to look down on other religions as inferior. If you believe that your religion and yours alone is the one true devotion, then you believe you speak for God and if you speak for God, then you’re not going to sit down and negotiate with Satan or an infidel on things like school curriculum, women’s rights or gay marriage. Never mind that you all allegedly worship the same God. Some people just think you’re going to hell because your parents put you in the wrong God-man club.
  4. The fourth trait all fundamentalists share, Violence is okay if we do it. In the Old Testament, God really likes smiting. He smites people all over the place; that’s how He solves his problems, that’s how He knows He’s a man. The modern fundamentalist religious person knows it’s okay to overlook whatever their holy book says about killing people because they know they have a ‘Get Out of Hell Free’ card. And of course, if God or Allah or Jehovah wanted anybody dead, He’d probably just smite them Himself.
  5. And the fifth trait of every fundie is The Endless Sex Hang-Ups – gays enjoying sex, women enjoying sex, young people – animals enjoying sex. It’s all evil and God obviously hard-wired humans to enjoy the mating process because He really hates the mating process He invented. In the Christian faith, Jesus [has] not too many sex hang-ups, but St. Paul, the PR guy? Lot of ‘em. And if God really hated sex, He probably would have found a more boring means of reproduction.

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The religious fundamentalists go to great lengths to separate themselves from each other, citing doctrine and differing statements of faith. However, Fugelsang has shown in less than five minutes that when you cut to the core, most of the fundamental religions are eerily similar.

As Fugelsang said at the end of his video,

"There are the hardcore religious fundies of every faith and the rest of us, and that’s probably the greatest thing religious fundamentalists have in common. They don’t think they’re better than you … they think God thinks they’re better than you."

About Al Stefanelli

Al is a retired author, writer and journalist. His books include "Free Thoughts - A Collection Of Essays By An American Atheist" and "A Voice Of Reason In An Unreasonable World - The Rise Of Atheism On Planet Earth." Al began writing in 1985, starting with the New York Times. In 1993 he joined a McClatchy newspaper, writing a weekly column for ten years. His writing continues to be widely distributed on the Internet and in print. He also produced and hosted a weekly syndicated radio broadcast from 1995 to 1998, and his work won a North Carolina Journalism award in 1998. Al is the former Georgia State Director for American Atheists, Inc., and served on the Board of Directors for "The Clergy Project." He is also a former Southern Baptist Pastor, having served two churches and as pulpit supply for three counties. Currently, he writes part time for The God Discussion, co-hosts the Internet radio programs, "The God Discussion Show" and "Reap Sow Radio." Al lives in the Atlanta suburb of Peachtree City, GA.
  • skeptical

    What gels the traits together is irrationality and emotion.

  • jimvj

    John Fuselgang is the host of "Viewpoint" on Current.

    Currently.

  • Omara S

    "There are the hardcore religious fundies of every faith and the rest of us, and that’s probably the greatest thing religious fundamentalists have in common. They don’t think they’re better than you … they think God thinks they’re better than you."

    Spot on. I was watching a video of HH Younus AlGohar in regards to fundamentalism and extremism. He said, "Remember one word: intolerance. When somebody becomes so intolerant that for except himself, his religion and his denomination, he does not recognise any other religion, sect or faith as a truthful one, then that is extremism. That is fundamentalism."

    To be honest, whether you are extremely religious or a die-hard atheist, if you are intolerant of others and their point of views, then you are an extremist. In fact, I think this rule applies outside the religious sphere as well.

  • Peter

    Next, Al will explain Fundamentalist Atheism, him being a prime example.

  • Amit Kapoor

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