Religiophobia ?

Have you noticed how some attitudes and behaviours ending in ‘ism’ are being strongly challenged these days ?

Racism, sexism, classism, and ageism are obvious evils in any society.

Even people with no faith in God are in agreement that such ‘isms’ cause much human suffering.

God has additional ‘isms’ that he finds offensive, including materialism, hedonism, atheism, and secularism.

A word ending in ‘ism’ describes a pattern of thinking.

We are all aware too, that discrimination exists on the basis of religion, and such bias, globally, is growing.

While there is currently no word ending in ‘ism’ to describe prejudice on the basis of religious faith, the closest word we have to describe this condition is ‘religiophobia’.

Have you ever experienced religious discrimination ?

I have. As a Catholic Christian, I have definitely encountered prejudice and bias.

I have also witnessed the discrimination faced by a physician friend, a colleague of my husband, whose faith involves wearing a turban.

Religious freedom is our right in North America, and one that we should not take for granted.

May God give us the grace to identify religiophobia for the societal ill that it is, and may we speak up whenever we encounter it.

May He allow us to work together, to maintain the dignity of all people. God asks us to love our neighbour as ourself.

52 thoughts on “Religiophobia ?

  1. I have experienced it.
    I’ve also experienced the other way. The religious discriminating against those not religious enough. If not for the awesome people of all different religions I’ve met I would be totally against religion for all the discrimination and preaching they all do. I know though that it’s not the religious philosophy per se but people twisting it.
    Delete this comment if I’m being too strong/harsh/whatever the word is for your blog. You didn’t really write anything that called for this. Just something I’ve been hurt a lot by.

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    1. Thanks so much, Deacon Bob, for providing a link to these valuable resources.
      I can see how an interfaith ‘Alpha’ course would be really valuable .
      I really appreciate you reading and commenting. ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒท

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      1. I note from comments from your post that pagans are criticised. We have Muslims, Atheists, and Pagans including two white witches in our group. When we engage in dialogue we often see commonality rather than difference. It is possibly only when we intentionally discuss do we grow closer together and see the Christ in each other.

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  2. Many have experienced prejudice and mistreatment because of race, color, creed, handicaps, poverty, etc. The list could go on and one, but the real issue is sin. When we see others as God sees them there is nothing but love, acceptance and forgiveness. Just yesterday, I sent a new book to my publisher. It deals with some of these issues and encourages us to seek God’s truth and righteousness. Thank you for this meaningful blog.

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  3. Yes Sally! ๐Ÿ˜Š This is all a very sad state of affairs that many out in the world have prejudice toward any form of religion or belief in the One God the Creator of All things. Yes I’ve seen examples of people who will put down people like me yet flaunt their modernist self-styled pagan philosophy with many accompanying practices which do become a form of religion, then some go as far as participating in the occult and a variety of forms of sorcery with those pagan lifestyles, say believing having certain crystals have special power and then even believing in the nature goddess or one thing and another which to me is all a sure sign that the Devil has a grip on massive numbers of people in this modern age of defiance and do whatever makes you happy! This distain for Christians is growing and that is diabolical at its root for sure; so many people have phobias these days which is a result of many not having a moral compass or no focus on the basic reason we are here, so, like wild weeds some people are not growing in Godโ€™s Spirit of Love and Peace, but, rather becoming scattered chaff in the wind! Wasted lives and souls!

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  4. Thank you so much, for accurately providing a summary of these ills. Yes, for sure, these ills are caused by sin.
    God loves his creation. Let us pray for the continued grace to see the world as God sees it.
    God loves sinners, but hates sin.
    Best wishes with the publication of your new book. ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒท

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  5. My theory is everyone worships somethingโ€”if only themselves. Wasnโ€™t that the crux of the lie satan told eve, โ€œeat the fruit, and youโ€™ll be like God?โ€

    Yes, I have faced discrimination and censorship because of my faith. It doesnโ€™t matter how polite you are about it, the gospel of Christ will be offensive to some.
    Our job is simply to be humble reflectors of Godโ€™s light.

    If the flesh and blood Jesus were walking the earth today, Heโ€™d likely have some harsh words for some who call themselvesโ€˜Christian.โ€™

    A very thoughtful piece, Sally. I suspect there will be a lot more comments! Blessings.

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    1. Thanks, David. Yes, I agree, everyone worships something-if only themselves ๐Ÿค—
      For sure, our job is simply to be humble reflectors of God’s light. This is a very good way of concisely expressing what we are called to do. ๐ŸŒท

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  6. Beautiful post Sally๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿค—๐ŸŽ€….it resonates with me on so many levels…..๐Ÿ˜…
    I feel when someone tastes the love of God, the veil is uncovered. Slowly but surely…..arguing, trying too hard by preaching, correcting, defensive strategies, I dont think they’re as effective as just being a reflection of the light and love of God….
    I find myself doing this multiple times a day lol. So when I hear all the atheist, agnostic qnd physics claims, I just want to rofl because there’s nothing new there for me ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

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  7. I don’t practice my religion any more. I do, however keep the faith apart from a particular church. I won’t go into my beliefs here. But I do remember how quick people were to sermonize to me when I did go to church regularly. It would always start with a statement that went something like, “I don’t believe in having religion shoved down people’s throats”. Then the person would proceed to pummel me with their opinion of religion. In essence, shoving their views and opinions down my throat. It was very uncomfortable especially since I did not share my thoughts on religion or spirituality unless I was asked a specific question and even then I was wary.If the person seemed to be genuinely interested in my beliefs I would, but questions out of idle curiosity then no.

    There are way too many people who are biased or outright bigoted where religion is concerned. And it doesn’t matter what your faith tradition happens to be, but I think there is a great deal of Islamophobia. I believe we are all on our own spiritual paths and those should be respected..

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  8. It is sad that we have so much “isms” and “phobias” in our society. We need the love of God in our hearts to be tolerant of each other. Thank you for this enlightening post. Blessings

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    1. Beverley, you have written great wisdom here.
      When we show tolerance and love to others, it is a sign of spiritual maturity, and also emotional maturity.
      And, your excellent ministry always tells us that our Lord wants us to be spiritually mature in him. ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿค—

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  9. I was raised Catholic and attended Catholic schools. I wore a uniform for 12 years of school which made my religious affiliation visible—received lots of unsolicited commentary as a result.
    I see both sides of this.
    I think in the US many of the evangelical Christians that voted for Trump aren’t showing their religious side in a way that makes people think positively of them. They have definitely forgotten that Jesus said we should love one another and care about those less fortunate.

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    1. Thanks, Kate, for your insightful comment.
      I truly agree with what you say about the behaviours of evangelical ‘Christians’ sometimes . ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿค—

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  10. Great article! (Wanted to comment on it some time back but i was literary drooowning in work.)

    Me too, I have experienced religiophobia a few times. Thanks for God, nothing aggressive or harsh but people often tell me that “I am way too open-minded to be Christian” which I think is actually pretty religiophobic – especially when we consider the fact that Jesus taught us to accept & love each other.

    Blessings,

    Mark

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    1. So profound, and true, Mark ! That was the summary of Christ’s ministry, that we love God, and love and accept each other.
      Thanks so much for commenting. ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒท

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  11. Thank you, Sally. There is a reason the Lord said the entire law of Moses, which He, of course, supported and fulfilled, came down to two commandments, the first and greatest being to love Him with all our being and the second to love one another. God is Love. It all comes down to love. Real Christianity was founded on spiritual love. Love is a fruit of the Spirit.

    I have certainly been the recipient of religious discrimination, from both Protestant and Catholic. Some of the attacks from both have been severe. It is in part why I teach that we must all return to the original roots of real Christianity based purely on the teachings of the Lord Jesus so we can all be on the same page. When Christians deviate from His curriculum it causes divisions. When we donโ€™t love as He commanded it causes divisions. It is up to each individual to do his or her best in their own walk with the Lord in their own present and to also do their best to love and understand one another. I believe we are making great progress in that regard.

    Blessings to you, Sally!

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    1. Thanks, so much. Yes, for sure, we must all return to the original roots of Christianity to see what Christ actually taught. Sorry that you have suffered attacks. This surely grieves the heart of Jesus.
      I agree with you that we are making greater efforts to love and understand one another. ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿค—

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  12. A thought provoking posting, I’m an atheist with an outlook of ‘live and let live’ ‘do whatever makes you happy’ as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone, and lol, a work colleague of mine is a Methodist Lay preacher! We discuss everything under the sun except NEVER religion and we get along just fine ๐Ÿ™‚ .

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