Fundamentalism is an attitude where your meaning is right, and everyone is supposed to have the same meaning as you. When you are a fundamentalist, you try to make everyone think the same as you.
Ideology and forms may vary, but there are some commonalities between fundamentalists: Groups who ascribe sacred writings of great importance, like Jews, Christians and Muslims, employs its own principles of scripture interpretation and argue and take action on the basis of these interpretations.
An important goal is to clean or reform religion to bring out the original or authentic message, so the group defines this.
Fundamentalist groups are evangelizing and doing today extensive use of new media technology to spread the message. Secular politics, which juxtaposes the group ideology with other religions of beliefs, are not accepted.
Combating ideological and moral infection has an important place and involves confrontation with fellow believers of other views with non-believers, or with members of other religions.
The match can be linked to conquest or defense of a geographic area – known among Jewish activists, militant Sikhs in India that requires a separate Kalistan and among Muslim minority groups who are fighting for the establishment of a worldwide caliphate.
- Fundamentalism is a broad term, and it can be appropriate to separate between groups who see moral rearmament and religious conversion as necessary prerequisites for gradual changes in society on the one hand, and extremist groups that legitimizes violence to achieve political-religious goals on the other.