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English citations of atheophobia

fear or hatred of atheism or atheists[edit]

1843 1987
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  • 1843, M. Q. R., “Atheophobia”, in 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.
  • 1987, Robert L. Rafford, “Atheophobia: An Introduction”, in Religious Humanism[1], volume 21, Fellowship of Religious Humanists, ISSN 0034-4095, page 33:
    Atheophobia is pathological, and similar in nature to homophobia. It is unconscious, internalized, and taught from early years on.
  • 1999, Cliff Walker, “Jesse Ventura Meets Atheophobia”, in Positive Atheism[2], retrieved 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”, in Religion & Education, volume 30, number 1, New York, 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”, in 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 October/November, David Rand, “Theism As Hate Propaganda”, in Free Inquiry[3], volume 29, number 6, ISSN 0272-0701:
    Despite their vacuity, moralistic creationism and atheophobia remain extremely widespread and are manifested in a variety of ways.
  • 2009, Dan J. Bye, Searchlight on ‘Twilight’: a critique of Alister McGrath's The Twilight of Atheism[4], 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?
  • 2011 January 25, Dan Barker, The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God, Berkeley: Ulysses Press, ISBN 9781569758465, LCCN 2010925858, OCLC 697784351, OL 25125704M, page 42:
    Atheophobia should be just as unacceptable as homophobia, anti-Semitism, or racism.
  • 2013 February, Greta Christina, “Atheism and Sensuality”, in Free Inquiry[5], 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.