Religism

Bible    Koran

Webster’s Dictionary defines ‘Religism’ as animosity, intolerance, conflict, oppression or bigotry towards religions or belief systems.

Archon’s Street-Usage Dictionary, based on keen observation of desperately insecure individuals and groups, defines it as opposing, doubting, not holding, or even merely QUESTIONING any religion or particular set of beliefs.

It is a particularly useful concept and term for the most adamantly religious, to allow them to hold and foment the most extreme acts and views.  They couch the holding of every position except theirs as an attack, to justify outrageous actions.

He who takes offence, when none is offered, is a fool! – Brigham Young

Groups like the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and ISIS view the very existence of the peaceful, democratic freedom of Western society as an affront to their particular narrow view, and claim that it needs to be met with IEDs, torture and beheadings, to ‘defend’ the Muslim faith.

At home, it is only the rule of law which protects all segments of society, and prevents some of the more Fundamentalist Christian groups and individuals from going that far.  I feel that thugs like the Westboro Baptist Church should be weeded out, root and branch.  I grant them the right to hold their noxious opinions, but not to disrupt polite society by ‘defending’ them with graceless attacks and accusations.

I recently read a quote from the President of the Christian Screenwriters’ Guild.  The very existence of this group says, “We’re better than you, and we’re going to fight for the right to keep telling you that.”  They’re the kind who refuse to be inclusive, and view any attempt to speak of plural ‘Happy Holidays’, and add the year-end celebrations of any other Faiths, as Religism, and an attack on Christmas.

The somewhat dated quote, from Barbara Pelosi said, “I find it beyond naïve, to convince myself that the folks who are lapping up The Da Vinci Code are on a ‘search for truth.’ They’re not. They’re on a crusade to validate their own rejection of the authority of Christ and the Church.”

As an analogy, which she and many other Christians would refuse to accept: – Barack Obama is the President of the United States. Within legal limits, his word is law. He is the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and his orders must be obeyed. He has the authority!

But wait. I live in Canada, a completely separate country. I don’t have to obey him, or even respect him, and the truth is, our rejection of him and ‘his authority’ doesn’t make my Prime Minister the Devil, nor do I live in Hell. People like Pelosi have convinced themselves that the ‘authority of Christ and the Church’ is universal and valid, and any rejection is an attack. They simply can’t accept that their faithfully believed “TRUTH” could be wrong, or anyone else’s, right.

If Christians go to other countries to convince ‘misguided’ natives to accept the Christian faith, they are viewed as kindly missionaries.  If the natives object to these interfering do-gooders, and they end up in prison, or dead, they achieve the exalted status of Martyrs.

If people of other faiths attempt to do the same thing to Christians, they are insultingly dismissed as ‘Heathens’, and, until a couple of hundred years ago, would have been tortured and burned at the stake as heretics, by a Church ‘defending itself from an attack on its narrow set of beliefs.’

In a recent MSN article about the 20th anniversary of the movie Pulp Fiction, the line uttered by Samuel L. Jackson’s character, just before he killed someone, was quoted.  “Ezekiel 25:17. The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.”

As an English language purist, I questioned whether the word should have been “iniquities”, so I looked it up in ‘one of my Bibles’.  Ezekiel 25:17 does not exist!  Nor does Ezekiel 17:25.  They say that you can get people to agree with almost anything, if you tell them that, “Benjamin Franklin said it.”  Evangelical Christians just claim, “It’s in the Bible.” whether it is or not.  Pay no attention to that deluded person behind the curtain of a “Holy Book!”

 

The Skeptic’s Fate

The miraculous tale that you tell

I don’t credit.  I’m under no spell.

I don’t swallow events

when there’s no evidence.

So I guess that I’m going to Hell.

 

P.S.

English-speaking Christians have ‘The Bible.’  Sometimes it is ‘The Holy Bible’.  In selecting the picture of the Koran above, I found that English-speaking Muslims have ‘ The Koran, The Holy Koran The Noble Koran, The Glorious Koran, and a companion study volume, whose title firmly states, “There Are No Contradictions in the Koran!”  I am underwhelmed by religion.  🙄

 

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15 thoughts on “Religism

  1. Well, I know you are talking about religion but you’ve just described the tendancy for empire of xenophobia. Kill anything that is not like us … even if we don’t really know what is like us. They say that the berzerkers were bad but I often wonder if that’s just a lie to cover the truth of our own xenophobia.

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  2. Paul says:

    So would it be fair to say that any religion that claims to be exclusive actually practices religism? I’d never heard the word before Archon, so I’m trying to get a handle on it. It sounds like the hatred of religion, but it’s not is it?

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Doesn’t just about every religion claim to be exclusive??! But no, such a claim, by itself, is not ‘Religism’. It’s a relatively new word which has just cropped up in about the last five years. It is not hatred of religion. If you’d like, I can email you some further information, observations and discussion. It can get a bit long and complex for this venue. 🙂

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      • Paul says:

        The Urban Dictionary deifnes Religism as “The practice of disliking anyone that is not a memeber of your religion. Same definition as Racism or Sexism but with religion.
        He’s a religist. Anyone who hates people of a religion other than your own is practicing religism.”

        Sounds like “hate” is an important part of the definition – of course, the Urban Dictionary is not exactly a sterling source. If you have more info on Religism, please e-mail me Archon – it sounds interestng. thanks

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  3. Sightsnbytes says:

    I was going to comment on this, but when finished, I actually had enough material for a post of my own….

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  4. aFrankAngle says:

    1) Who and the hell is Barbara Pelosi?

    2) I’ve never thought you were going to hell.

    3) Are you a religismist? (Is that even a word?) 😉

    … and I note that you weren’t inclusive (and you know I’ve dinged you before).

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    • Archon's Den says:

      1. As the post explained, Barbara Pelosi is (was?) the President of The Christian Screenwriters Guild.

      2. No, you’re not fanatical enough. But those who believe I will, also believe that you will, for, among other things, not decrying me loudly enough. 😦

      3. No, I’m not. I am bewildered, and somewhat disturbed at your statement that I am not inclusive. In my own (perhaps mistaken) opinion, I am one of the most ‘live and let live’ inclusive people I know. In a kind of reverse “I wouldn’t want to be a member of a club that would have me as a member.” way, the only people I exclude, are those who exclude others.

      I know you’ve dinged me in the past, and if I’ve earned another, I’ll accept it. 😯

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      • aFrankAngle says:

        Well done … and glad to know we’ll be in good company in hell.

        In terms of ‘inclusive’, it was praise for not putting all Christians in the same box. 🙂

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  5. aFrankAngle says:

    PS: My Bible has Ezekiel 25:17 … just not the same quote as the movie.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I picked up a Gideons Bible, to save research wear and tear on my King James version. The Gideons shows verses 1 to 16. The KJV shows that the ‘number’ 17 is missing in the Gideons. A mere typesetting error? I thought at first that it might have been a ‘Readers Digest’ version, and checked to see that there weren’t only 8 Commandments. Both verses are in the Gideons, just jammed together.

      The quote from the movie may be from the Bible but, as you noted, it’s not Ezekiel 25;17. So, it’s a different lie, but still a lie. 🙂

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  6. Sightsnbytes says:

    okay, here goes….Why do people try so hard to prove that something or someone who apparently doesn’t exist doesn’t exist? If you do the math, Two negatives should make a positive (I think so anyway), therefore, God exists…There, I said it. Bring on the comments…

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  7. Jim Wheeler says:

    Coming late here, cleaning up, delayed after a death in the family, my mind unchanged. The Christian service was cathartic, the minister effusive, and the presence of sympathizers comforting, but evidence still absent.

    My computer’s dictionary says “religiosity” is the quality of being excessively religious. Hmm. How much is enough?

    Religion flourishes with certitude, but the slightest skepticism is toxic because it is not supported by reason, but rather wishful thinking. Strangely, I submit that it may be the only hope of comity among cultures.

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  8. […] benefits, and all others would be ignored and excluded.  Some questions and comments on my recent Religism post, as well as some predictable “Christmas” articles, show that many Christians just don’t […]

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