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    Killer of Sacred Cows, kurt

    ... attract a lot of people by reminding them that religion isn't necessary to be good and if they don't like what their religion is saying, they don't have to retain the same label of "Christian" that their parents slapped onto them as babies before they reached the age where they had the power of speech, the power of cognition, or any say in the matter at all.  You could just drop the label altogether if it no longer applies to you, instead of trying to alter the meaning of the label into what you would rather it said.

    Remember: a fundamentalist believes these two things:

    (1) their religion is 100% true.

    (2) their religion is rigid, strict, and draconian and if you alter it it isn't the same religion.

    (So combining 1 and 2 together, you get the belief that altering the religion in any way so it says something in disagreement with what it used to say renders it false.)

    You would have fundamentalism tamed by only attacking (2) and constantly berating those who try to do it by attacking (1) instead.

    Change from within is not the only means of a person changing their mind about an organization to which they belong.  They also can just drop out of the organization.  Also, change from within by falsifying history is not optimal, which is what's happening when people re-interpret their religion to pretend it always had said something it didn't.    It's rather Orwellian to retroactively change what the group had said (like trying to re-write what the Bible said) when the far better option of just not staying in the group is available.

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