Don't believe I've ever used the word "fundamentalist" in anything I've written, mainly because I've never been sure it really means anything.
But it recently struck me that there is a meaning to the word. Or at least, this is my understanding of it. To me, a fundamentalist is a person who cannot appreciate such a thing as a spectrum of opinion. Who cannot conceive that there are those who want to stay equidistant from both sides of the spectrum, or at least somewhere along it. Who therefore thinks anyone who disagrees with her ideas is automatically at the far end of the spectrum.
It's as if you had violet and red, but nothing in between.
But of course you do have some things in between. They're called indigo, blue, green, yellow and orange. They're pretty vivid colours in their own right.
So give me a rainbow, not black and white. Or violet and red.