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http://www.evolutionhappens.net/fundamentalism.htm November 12, 2006 What is Fundamentalism?   Fundamentalism can be broadly defined as a strict and literal adherence to a set of basic  principles and specific beliefs. Although many, if not most forms of fundamentalism are  religious, by no means are all religious people fundamentalists. The adherence to certain  beliefs seen in fundamentalism is so strong, that the presentation of evidence that  contradicts these beliefs leads to no reassessment of them, on the part of the  fundamentalist. Indeed, sometimes these beliefs may even contradict one another. In some  cases, the beliefs of fundamentalists can be so strong as to overcome the basic human  instinct of survival and an individuals compassion for others. Fundamentalists are intolerant of those who do not share their beliefs and values and this  intolerance can sometimes lead to violence. Often times such violence is the result of a 
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Unformatted text preview: belief, commonly held by fundamentalists, that God is using them as an agent of intervention. The bombing of abortion clinics and the murder of physicians who perform abortions are examples of violence resulting from fundamentalism. The attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center Towers that were carried out on September 11, 2001, resulting in the deaths of thousands of people, are specific examples. Fundamentalism has led to countless wars and the persecution and murder of millions of people throughout history. Fundamentalism is also an enemy of science. I am committed to countering fundamentalism through education, the promotion of logic and critical thinking, and the protection of basic human rights. In my opinion, basic human rights include freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and freedom of political dissent. Page 1 of 1...
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