Jimmy Carter, as featured in, of all places, the leftist magazine Mother Jones:
MotherJones: In your book, you talk about the intersection in recent years of religious and political fundamentalism. What is the origin of this merger?
Jimmy Carter:, I think it was in 1979, when future fundamentalists took control of the Southern Baptist Convention, which is a very important religious and political factor in this country. After that, the Southern Baptist Convention had almost diametrically opposite basic principles than it had previously followed, and there's been an evolution within the Convention toward a more and more rigid and strict creed that embodies the fundamentalist principles that I mention in the book.
Now, I don't think there's any doubt that the elementary principle of fundamentalism has existed for ages....The danger comes when those kinds of principles are applied on the international scene.
Golly gee, Mr. Carter, when we think of 1979, we have many thoughts about religious fundamentailsm too and the danger when those principles are 'applied on the international scene.' It's a pity that in 27 years you focus on hogwash, and still haven't been able to understand the truly important important events of 1979, all of which happened on your watch.