The question often arises in my mind, when dealing with biblical literalists and fundamentalists, exactly WHAT their fundamentals are? What is it that makes them stand at the head of a crowd and whip them into a frenzy, spitting hatred for others - and doing so in the name of a god they claim is a god of love, and who is the personification of this all too cheap, commercialized emotion?
How do they reconcile the nature of their religious scriptures? One portion, which is entirely copied from another earlier religion, and quaintly named "the Old Testament" - which represents a claimed covenant between the Abrahamic God and the Jewish religion, replete with ritualistic laws and customs which it is claimed do not apply - and yet they use those very same ritualistic laws and customs - especially those in Leviticus - to condemn others with whom they do not agree, to death and hell and all other things eternally unpleasant.
The other portion, being fabricated out of a stack of books which more or less concur on a few issues, and written some 50 to 120 years - and even 200 years after the supposed events of the New Testament - by people who were never even there - and omitting entirely HALF of the other books written around the same period, which were either too liberal, free thinking, esoteric or plain confusing - or which inconveniently contradicted the Roman Catholic doctrine of "pistis", or obedience without question. Funny how that little thing got carried over into Protestantism and then Evangelism, innit?