A reader writes:
You speak of human rights as possibly being viewed as "contingent human achievements." But in the world view of fundamentalists there is no such thing as contingent human achievement, no evolution of development - simply a created order that got messed up in the garden, and has not improved much since, and awaits the return of Christ. The only advancements are technological, not moral - for we ever are as we ever were, save for God's dipping his hand in from time to time to help bring things into better focus, and of course sending in his Son.
As a former fundie, I can (ahem!) testify that those who are immersed in biblical literalism aren't very hot on the idea of free will. To these folks, there are The Saved and The Pagans. You are either a tool of God or a tool of the Adversary and nothing in between. The same thought process occurs among radical Islamists, who work very hard to deny personal expression and individual thought in favor of obedience to doctrine.
Of course, a more accurate reading of the gospel would reveal that free will is everything. A decision which is compelled is no decision at all. And furthermore, Jesus himself said that his kingdom is not of this world which makes the relgious right's efforts to codify the Bible as the law of the land somewhat comical. Less comical is the idea held by some that we can influence God to trigger the Second Coming by starting wars in the mideast. There are many who see Iraq as Babylon...
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