Fundamentalists are so sure yet so wrong

Published 9:19 am Thursday, July 17, 2008

My, my, aren’t we touchy.  I have read Scott Bute’s “epistles” with a small amount of interest for quite a while now. Apparently one is to simply accept all his views and not judge the writer as the writer judges us. Mr. Bute, you are very quick to respond when questioned. Please own up to it. If you are not a fundamentalist but you judge everything on the basis of salvation history, please define a fundamentalist as you see one. Fundamentalists have a belief system that assures them they are always correct. This moral certainty creates an attitude that does not allow anyone to question their views. Pat Robertson, a fundamentalist, said, with moral certainty, on his 700 Club in 1973, “The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women.  It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.” This belief was based on his review of scriptures.

My wife subscribes to much of that feminist agenda, yet, she is a capitalist, both our children survived, and prospered, she has not left me, does not chant in the basement, only plays bridge with other women, and is not responsible for $4 gas. How could Mr. Robertson make such an error?

 I am, perhaps, one of those people you define as not taking God at his word, but I am a Christian. I have a pastor, a church, and a belief system, that are different from your fundamentalist views.  If God speaks directly to you, he must be pushing a Carl Rove political agenda.

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 I will happily muddle along, in the middle of the road, as best I can. One cannot debate a person who already has all the answers. Someone with all the answers based on sure biblical knowledge: Isn’t that the definition of a fundamentalist?

Rory Mattson

Albert Lea