I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off.
So I ran over and said “Stop! Don’t do it!”
“Why shouldn’t I?” he said.
“Well, there’s so much to live for!” “Like what?”
“Well… are you religious?” He said, “yes.”
I said, “Me too! Are you Christian or Buddhist?”
“Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant?
“Me too! Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?”
“Wow! Me too! Are you Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the Lord?”
“Baptist Church of God!”
“Me too! Are you original Baptist Church of God, or are you reformed Baptist Church of God?”
“Reformed Baptist Church of God!”
“Me too! Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1879, or Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915?”
He said, “Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915!”
I said, “Scum! Die, heretic”, and pushed him off.
For a fundamentalist any difference, even slight, is heresy; and heretics have to be eliminated. There is absolutely no room for tolerance. Protecting God and religion, he is convinced, is his religious duty. Fundamentalist’s God knows neither tolerance, nor mercy.
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