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English citations of atheophobia
fear or hatred of atheism or atheists
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1843, M. Q. R., “Atheophobia”, The Oracle of Reason, Or, Philosophy Vindicated, volume 2, number 72, page 155:
- Above all, should the atheist presume to adopt a similar style or manner in exposing the god-delusion, which his opponents use in stigmatising his opinions and motives, forth start the open-mouthed pack of baying hounds—the snapping curs snarl and bark at every corner—the “blatant beasts” of the cross clamour onwards to hunt him down—and the sneaking dastards of “dissent,” “noncomformity,” or other heterodox pretence, who bellow for liberty and right of private judgment, instead of universal principle, as long as empty noise can save, join in the rabble execration, or, at the least, turn tail, while others consummate the christian barbarities.
1999, Cliff Walker, “Jesse Ventura Meets Atheophobia”, Positive Atheism, accessed on 2012-01-30:
- If "homophobia" is the notion that gays and lesbians have an evil "agenda" besides forwarding their own Liberty, dignity, and safety, then the fear of any criticism of religion should be called "atheophobia."
2003 Spring, Robert J. Nash, “Inviting Atheists to the Table: A Modest Proposal for Higher Education”, Religion & Education, volume 30, number 1, DOI:10.1080/15507394.2003.10012315, ISSN 1550-7394:
- At many institutions, I have found atheophobia to be rampant among students; and religiophobia to be common among faculty.
2009 Spring, Kathleen M. Goodman; Mueller, John A., “Invisible, marginalized, and stigmatized: Understanding and addressing the needs of atheist students”, New Directions for Student Services, number 125, DOI:10.1002/ss.308, ISSN 0164-7970, pages 55-63:
- Atheophobia leads to invisibility for many atheists, who find it is best to keep their nonbelief hidden for their own good.
2009, Dan J. Bye, Searchlight on ‘Twilight’: a critique of Alister McGrath's The Twilight of Atheism, page 10:
- Or did it make it easier for people in western Europe and the United States to come out as atheists by removing or lessening the fear of communism as a source of atheophobia?
2013 February, Greta Christina, “Atheism and Sensuality”, Free Inquiry, volume 33, number 2, ISSN 0272-0701:
- Sometimes internalized atheophobia can be very overt, as we see with atheists who insist that religious faith is a wonderful thing that's necessary for society and they totally wish they had it themselves.