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Apr 14, 2008 10:29 PM CST Euphemisms and Obfuscations
farley13
farley13farley13GLASGOW, UK79 Threads 704 Posts
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Alienated
A word for irritated, pissed off, bored, and the like that makes all those rather common, tedious, adolescent feelings seem profound, meaningful, special, thoughtful, and political.
B
Belief
Something it is taboo to challenge, question, reject, much less criticize or mock. When the adjective 'cherished' is added, this effect is doubled.
C
Community
A catch-all word used to refer to putative groups of people, often enormous heterogeneous groups that are far too numerous and too various to be anything but the opposite of a community. Also often a way to make groups or trade associations of various hucksters, shysters, con artists, manipulators and other interested parties sound cozy and cuddly and altruistic.
D
E
Explanation
An explanation is what religion is considered able to provide in areas where science cannot. Religion is able to do this because it does not have to find evidence, subject its explanations to peer review, replicate its 'findings,' avoid contradiction or absurdity or an infinite regress, or in fact check its explanations against any form of reality at all.
F
Faith-based
In political rhetoric (mostly US but insinuating itself in other Anglophone countries too), the preferred adjective for religious institutions and organizations receiving government funding for various educational and social endeavours. 'Faith-based' is preferable to 'religious' because it sounds more folksy, homey, shirtsleevey, rocking chair on the porchy, and because the word 'religious' would make the mingling of church and state too obvious.
G
Grievance
A word that cen refer to any old anger, irritation, resentment, disgruntlement, but dresses is up so that it appears to have 1) a political aspect and 2) justification. Either or both of these may be the case - that is, a grievance may be legitimate - but equally either or both may not be the case, and the word has a tendency to disguise that fact. If someone, especially someone from a recognized disadvantaged group, labels something a grievance, there is a tendency to abandon thought, to look no further, to have a bad conscience, and to plan or promise to redress the grievance forthwith. This can be unfortunate when the grievance is not legitimate.
H
Holy Book
A book written or dictated by the deity of a monotheistic religion. There ought to be only one, but in fact there are at least two. It is offensive to mention that in public.
I
Intelligent Design
See this flagellum? Therefore, God exists.
J
Judgment
Useful in certain narrow, practical circumstances but something it is often necessary to prevent, pre-empt, disallow, or circumvent, lest it interfere with 1) cherished beliefs or 2) respect for the beliefs and practices of others.
K
Knowledge
Something only religious believers can have. All other kinds of putative knowledge are ultimately uncertain, but knowledge that comes from God is certain. This also provides a proof of the existence of God: without God, knowledge is uncertain; therefore, God exists.
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M
Meaning
One of the proofs of the existence of God. Without God, theists say, there is no meaning; therefore, God exists.
N
Novels
Extended works of prose fiction that are subject to censorship by anyone who is offended by them.
O
Offended
Something no one must ever be. We all have a duty to prevent the very possibility.
P
Plays
Dramatic works, usually fictional, which are subject to prior restraint if they mention any established religion. Mention of cults is okay.
Q
Question
Forbidden with respect to religion, family values, 'faith'.
R
Rocking the boat
What sassy alienated youths do when their sense of grievance becomes to much to bear in silence any longer.
S
T
Tradition
Something that demands respect.
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V
Family values
Code for male supremacy.
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Y
Youth
People subject to feeling alienated, upon which, who knows what they might do.
Z
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Apr 14, 2008 10:39 PM CST Euphemisms and Obfuscations
thumbs up Hi there girly wave
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Apr 14, 2008 10:46 PM CST Euphemisms and Obfuscations
farley13
farley13farley13GLASGOW, UK79 Threads 704 Posts
hi love wave xXx
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