Friday, October 13, 2006

I will no longer refer to myself as a fundamentalist.

Came across this video via Jonathon Norman. This is what most Americans think of when they here the word "fundamentalist." I really shouldn't use the word to describe myself anymore. I don't want to be in this camp. By the way, make sure you watch it through to the end. You'll be impressed by the journalists knowledge of the King James Version of the Bible.

8 comments:

Brett said...

If this is what American's think of when they hear the word "fundamentalist" then I don't want to be in that camp either. However, the huge majority of people who call themselves a fundamentalist are just as offended by this as other Americans.
I don't think it's to the point that Americans associate the word with crazy delusional people like this. At least I hope not.
I agree, definitely watch until the end. That was good stuff.

gavin richardson said...

they might not mix up fundamentalism with the misguided people of wbc, but if anyone saw the larry king interview with a few of the 'top 25' evangelicals a year or so ago, i remember a person calling in saying that only td jakes and brian mclaren showed grace to the callers into the program, but franklin graham, tim lahaye (and his wife) kept a rigid fundamentalist rhetoric.

props to the foxnews lady for doing her homework. not sure that yelling was exactly the way i want my faith defended against the misguided.

Jason Woolever said...

good point. a very strange interaction to be sure!

St.Phransus said...

brett- i think there is a HUGE difference in fundamentalism and evangelicalism. I would think that most people who hold to tradition and a more conservative theology might be considered evangelical and not so much fundamentalist.

Carol Herdien said...

What frightened me was the hatred in the eyes of the woman who professes she is a Christian and the fact that she was trying to justify unconscionable behavior at a funeral.

This conversation was totally off the wall and I am glad the lady from Fox News knew her Bible. But with both of them yelling, it didn't seem very Christianlike to me. After watching it to the end, I felt drained and very sad.

Carol

Jason Woolever said...

it was wacko to be sure!

Anonymous said...

I am a fundamentalist and will remain so. But I am a Christian first.

I am trying not to be judgemental but here are some facts on the WBC.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westboro_Baptist_Church

They are definitely out of the mainstream of orthodoxy.

The important thing to say about this is people need prayers to come out of this legalistic false system based on poor interpretation of scripture and falling in line with a pastor that is leading his church astray.

The other disconcerting thing I found, go back to the Utube link and read some of the anti-Christian comments that lump all Christians and shows how lost some people really are and that they really need Jesus Christ to transform their heart, mind, and soul.

Only God can judge the hearts of men, I go as I feel I am called and I know y'all and doing the same.

Pray for our nation. Pray without ceasing.

John Flores
Frisco, Texas

Dana said...

Speaking as a journalism teacher, this was a really sticky situation, made more difficult by our culture's ridiculous idea that "there are two sides to every story." You have someone coming into the interview who you KNOW has a very straightforward and offensive polemic. According to the "two sides" idea, you need to give that person a chance to speak for that side. You know that any sane person will recognize the spouted nonsense as just that: nonsense. On the other hand, you know that it's likely that this person will use the opportunity to deliver rude, insulting remarks that (a) you object to and (b) could get your network some nasty responses.

The interviewer's emotions got in the way of any sort of effective conversation. A more reasonable strategy would have been to have a press release from WBC that could be read over the air; that way the network would have some control over what was aired but WBC would still be represented.