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Sennin
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 Message 9 of 24
09 October 2009 at 3:35am | IP Logged 
yong321 wrote:
Is there a word in English or any other language to describe intolerance of some religion? For example, one meaning of "racism" is "hatred or intolerance of another race or other races". If you replace "race(s)" with "religion(s)" in the definition, what's the word for it? Unfortunately, the word "religionism" is used to describe "excessive or exaggerated religious zeal", unrelated to intolerance or discrimination. Words such as "anti-semitism" are specific to one religion. I'd like a word in general, if it exists in any language. Thanks.


Several suggestions but not very general ;p

- "Religious zeal", to describe someone who defends one religious doctrine to the total exclusion of all the rest;
- "Blasphemy" (blasphemous behaviour, etc) to describe the act of speaking against the beliefs of a religion;
- Possibly even the term "atheism" applies in the sense that somebody is prejudiced towards all religions;

Out of these three, probably "religious zeal" is the best equivalent. "Religious intolerance" was already mentioned and I think it is a good universal term that doesn't make any assumptions about the specific form that intolerance can take.

In case you want a one-word term, what about religiophobe? It is an ugly word but the meaning is quite clear.

p.s. Hmm. Actually, religiophobe implies fear of religion and not hatred so it's not a very accurate word; Then again, fear is often the source of hatred.

Edited by Sennin on 09 October 2009 at 4:25am

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 Message 10 of 24
09 October 2009 at 4:21pm | IP Logged 
In Italian we have "Islamofobia" (the translation can be islamphobia) to describe
the hate for muslims
"Antisemitismo" describes the hate for Jewish
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 Message 11 of 24
09 October 2009 at 5:58pm | IP Logged 
Sennin wrote:
- Possibly even the term "atheism" applies in the sense that somebody is prejudiced towards all religions;



No, wrong. That's not what atheism means, not even close. It simply means someone who does not believe in a god/gods.
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 Message 12 of 24
09 October 2009 at 6:06pm | IP Logged 
The word you are looking for is sectarianism.
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 Message 13 of 24
09 October 2009 at 7:16pm | IP Logged 
snoppingasusual wrote:
The word you are looking for is sectarianism.


That can be applied to factions within a political movement or a religious sect. It's not directed towards religion in general.
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Sennin
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 Message 14 of 24
09 October 2009 at 10:15pm | IP Logged 
Deshwi wrote:
Sennin wrote:
- Possibly even the term "atheism" applies in the sense that somebody is prejudiced towards all religions;



No, wrong. That's not what atheism means, not even close. It simply means someone who does not believe in a god/gods.


I'm afraid you're the one who's wrong. An "atheist" is someone who actively rejects religious beliefs.Therefore, atheism is a peculiar form of religions intolerance that doesn't discriminate between religions but rejects all of them.

What you are describing is more like an agnostic, someone who doesn't believe in god but doesn't reject the possibility that god may exist. Atheism refers to active rejection, whereas agnosticism means keeping an open mind or just not caring at all. Many so-called atheists are actually agnostics.

Sometimes the two terms merge, especially in the mind of people who don't have enough neural tissue to differentiate but are keen to make dramatic statements ^_^.

Edited by Sennin on 09 October 2009 at 10:51pm

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 Message 15 of 24
09 October 2009 at 11:10pm | IP Logged 
Deshwi wrote:
Sennin wrote:
- Possibly even the term "atheism" applies in the sense that somebody is prejudiced towards all religions;



No, wrong. That's not what atheism means, not even close. It simply means someone who does not believe in a god/gods.


In real life the people who consider themself atheists are very eager to tell the rest of the world that they, indeed, are atheist - and they are also very eager to tell everyone how awfull and stupid religion is. Very close-minded people... . so it seems to me.

It almost like when someone says: "Im atheist", I instanly think "o no, not another fundamentalist."

So you could say "atheist" covers it in a way ;)

Edited by Amoore on 09 October 2009 at 11:13pm

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 Message 16 of 24
09 October 2009 at 11:10pm | IP Logged 
The best answer to the question so far, was arrived at a page or two back, with "religious intolerance".

The suggestions that have come up after that are based, or so it seems, on interpreting the question differently from the intentions of the original poster. It was very clear what he was after, especially after he clarified it further in his second post.

As for the meaning of "atheist", wouldn't the easiest way to settle it be by looking it up in a dictionary, or maybe in several:

From wwwebster: athe·ism Date: 1546
1 archaic : ungodliness, wickedness
2 a : a disbelief in the existence of deity b : the doctrine that there is no deity

A couple of other on-line dictionaries I checked give very similar definitions. And the list of synonyms goes: nonbeliever, pagan, sceptic, disbeliever, heathen, infidel, unbeliever, freethinker, irreligionist

According to those dictionary definitions and synonyms an atheist does not believe in a god himself and does not keep an open mind about it, but he is not necessarily hostile or intolerant of whatever beliefs other people may hold. He may be hostile and intolerant or he may not, that fact is not included in the concept of "atheism". No support for "prejudice towards religion" can be found in them either.

These definitions agree with what Deshwi wrote about it and is also how I have always understood this word, including its counterpart in several other languages.

Edited by Hencke on 10 October 2009 at 12:54am



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