What is this denial of religion all about? Are these churches trying to distance themselves from the negative image that religiosity has? I think so. They don't want to be labeled as a religion, so they just redefine what religion means. Makes sense to me.
Heres what wikipedia says about religion:
A religion is an organized approach to human spirituality which usually encompasses a set of narratives, symbols, beliefs and practices, often with a supernatural or transcendent quality, that give meaning to the practitioner's experiences of life through reference to a higher power, God or gods, or ultimate truth. It may be expressed through prayer, ritual, meditation, music and art, among other things. It may focus on specific supernatural, metaphysical, and moral claims about reality (the cosmos and human nature) which may yield a set of religious laws, ethics, and a particular lifestyle. Religion also encompasses ancestral or cultural traditions, writings, history, and mythology, as well as personal faith and religious experience.
I linked to a few examples of the practices that fundamentalists do that qualify them to be a religion by the above definition.
Yes, fundamentalism is a religion by most accepted definitions of the word. Denying that your particular group is a religion doesn't help the discussion along. The fundie definition of religion (those who are not "us") makes no sense outside of their group. As a matter of fact, a fundie group might even call another fundie group "religious" while the latter one also calls the former one "religious".
So, if you want to have a meaningful discussion, please use the definition above. If your group fits that description, please don't deny it.