I think that there is a huge irony here.
One of the characteristics of fundamentalism where ever it is found is that the faith of a fundamentalist is actually on shaky ground. They HAVE to take everything literally and at face value because they fear that the whole edifice of their faith will crumble otherwise. They are then defensive towards the views of any who take a less literalist approach...
Its a common phenomenon. Just slightly unusual in a Dhamma context until recently.
The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.