In a nutshell, here is what I think.
There is a fine line between defending what you believe in and blaming everyone else but yourself. It doesn’t matter what flavour you belong too, there seems to be a remarked similarity between all fundamentalists. It’s always the case, when people try and point out opinions that differ from the current stigma of their belief. Fundamentalists often cry foul and claim the opposing thoughts as prejudice, even heresy.
Why the need to keep pushing for those that don’t believe to believe? Why the need to shut out all influences aside from what’s dogmatically sanctioned by their belief? You can’t really claim you understand much less compare different faiths when you’re biased towards only one faith. It’s like trying to see the world through the pinhole of your box. It’s going to be very small indeed.
So for the longest time, I didn’t understand why fundamentalists are the way they are. Until recently that I began to realize that like people that easily get jealous over their partner, fundamentalists are no different. They are insecure over the course of their belief. It’s hard to claim that their faith in their belief is strong when they close themselves off to other influences with reasons of it being detrimental to what they believe in. It’s even harder to think that they are secure in their faith when they can’t take anything else with a pinch of salt.
Insecurity manifests itself in so many different ways. The fear of the unknown. The unwillingness to reach for what’s outside. The anger towards things that have nothing to do with the subject at hand and at the smallest things. The belief that whatever you do is right and others are wrong. To all of us who has had a jealous insecure partner, how this any different from fundamentalists?
In some ways, I’d have to sympathize with people like this. Only because they can’t help themselves. People with strong faith leave it between themselves and God. Their unwillingness to be shaken from their faith and principles doesn’t affect or impair their ability to judge what’s sensible and what’s reasonable. They hold true to their dogmatic laws and despite it all, they understand that other people are different and with that, people respect them for it. After all, you don’t find many people with faith this secure.
So as much as I would want to sympathise with religious fundamentalists for all their insecure ways, you’d have to remind yourself that sometimes people go too far and like a child that needs to be reminded of the clear line between right and wrong, that whatever we choose to believe in exists between us and whatever faith we devote ourselves in. At the end of the day, what remains are the people secure enough to hold on to their chosen road in between the winding path that lies in front of them.
After all, you can’t hide from the world forever, no matter how much you try. We all got to grow up sometime, it all starts with opening our doors and stepping out there into the open.