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New Politically incorrect terms in the area of spirituality, atheism and religion. Offense will be taken

Updated on October 14, 2013

I believe in much. Some believe in little but we all believe in something.

There are no unbelievers
There are no unbelievers | Source

Many of these terms make others see red.

Somehow some words have become rallying cries for dissension. Politically incorrect is a term that best defines them. It is just the way of our sound bite informational society. Use these terms at all and you will be politically incorrect to someone. Some of the words really have to be stretched to become politically incorrect but so be it. It is a new not so brave world. Offense will be taken.

Some history as to why this article is written. The writer wanted to make a clear point that no one is excluded. So the writer excluded all non-believers. Anyone thinking can see that there are no people at all who do not believe in something. Tomorrow, sun rise, that water will come out of a tap, that banks will not fail ;-). The list is endless.

But low and behold there are people who think of themselves as "non-believers". Who would of thought that?! There are actually groups of folk who believe they do not believe in anything. You can see the strangeness of this belief. We cannot even call it a thought for it is a belief to believe you do not believe in anything.

So non-believer is first on the list of taboos.

Faithers is new kind of. And saying someone is angry is just horrible?

Clearly the term references people with faith. It does not run through spell check so "faithers" is not even a word -- right? Well it is and it can be used to offend people. If used by an atheist against a Christian it is pejorative. Personally I like it. It is step above the obvious "believers" yet still does not mention what the faith is in. Kind of like looking at hope.

Here is a strange one. "Anger" is no longer acceptable. If it looks like a duck and smells like a duck and feels like a duck --- who cares. If someone acts angry you cannot say so. Apparently being angry is a secular sin of some sort. And for the religious it is something that we do not admit to anymore, for some strange reason. Just know it is very taboo to point out that someone is acting angry.

I do not get that at all. You do not need to guess if I am angry. You will know and I own it. Sometimes I even like being angry. It is a stage in a process for me to work things through. A best friend dies and I get angry, yes admittedly even at God. Somehow someway this is bad. If you say someone is angry you are an "asshat" (sorry that term just makes me laugh and it is PC at the moment. Go figure that one.

I am older so I think things will work out fine - I have faith.

Experience has taught that sometimes you just go with the flow.
Experience has taught that sometimes you just go with the flow. | Source

Religion and Marriage

Somehow the churches have done a good job creating an illusion that religion is synonymous with faith and belief and spirituality. Wow, good job!. So that nowadays it is fine to call anyone with a faith and belief in the spiritual world religious. However it has come to pass that the word now is used as an insult. Possibly rightfully so in some regards. And it has come to pass that religion must include belief in a god. So now a man may no longer go to work and the gym religiously. A scientist can no longer religiously work on a project for years. If you use it that way you are insulting anyone who does not see themselves as religious.

Here we have come to a better understanding yet we cannot use that understanding as it may offend.

Marriage as in traditional, is now unacceptable. A traditionalist who still uses that term to mean a union between man and woman, is a bigot. When you use that term now you must mean it all inclusively. Or you offend. A gay man uses the term marriage with a sneer -- I know what he means. A 75 year old Baptist uses it and I know what he means. But different and exclusive meanings are no longer acceptable. So just do not use the term ;-)

I just like this picture from Cholulla, a town I called home for awhile

I am sure that this church built upon a Aztec pyramid is offensive to some. But all things like to reach to the sky.
I am sure that this church built upon a Aztec pyramid is offensive to some. But all things like to reach to the sky. | Source

Illogical and skeptic or agnostic

I recently read a man berated by an atheist for claiming he was agnostic. Apparently you have to chose now days. The man who takes his time to decide and looks for more answers is not good. Amazing! So in some atheist circles and agnostic is an outcast. And for many "faithers", if they do not decide before death they shall be condemned for eternity. Sheesh! I am agnostic of certain things and dogma. There I admit it. This is not good for me if I want to be politically correct. So do not call someone or yourself agnostic.

Illogical is a very fun one. Apparently it is now bad to be perceived as having illogical thoughts and beliefs. Yikes. I wasted all those years falling and being in love? Ouch. Going on my instincts is now horrible? Just plain having belief in a God is something I should defend? Wow.

Sorry to those it offends but I love to act on impulse and feelings. If that makes me bad, I just cannot defend my politically incorrect sorry butt. Logic is not my boss, it is my tool and sometimes I chose to put it in my tool box and use my other tools. I have some faith in logic and I believe in it but it is not a god. So brand me illogical. Cool.

You knew this was coming. It is fair speech

So please do not offend and stay away from certain forums

You are fantastic if you have read this all the way through. You are more aware now than you were. I do not suggest that most should even venture near where these matters are of great concern. But for those that do. Use these words wisely, and use the knowledge of how they effect others to the betterment of understanding.

When we come to understand we are more likely to not fear and love more wonderfully. Now go make somebodies day correct!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Trying to understand the viewpoints of another is definitely a way to decrease fear in society. I stay away from forums because they get too nasty for my tastes; I try to meet people and understand them through their hubs. Either way, I will continue to reach out and try to draw us all closer. Well done, buddy; have a great week.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ah my friend you suffer humility and kindness in the body of greatness. Taking the buggaboo out of lack of understanding is a gift you have.

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      Karen Szklany Gault 3 years ago from New England

      Hi Eric,

      Enjoyed this hub very much. Isn't it sad that so many people are so interested in labeling instead of just getting to know fellow members of humanity for who they/we are? It takes time and patience to sort through differences and find our common ground...but it is so well worth the effort it takes. A commitment to peace and unity is what will save our world in the long run!

      I could go on and on...so wish we could sit down for a long chat over wine...or beer...or tea...by a fire...that would be such an animated conversation, wouldn't it?

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You had me Seafarer Mama (or is that code for See Fairer Mom;-)

      Your first paragraph caught my full attention so your second lead me right to the fire with favorite grog in hand. You are so right.

      Now with all that said -- jumping to conclusions is still my favorite exercise.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I see the day soon coming when we will all have to choose our label and wear it. Interesting read!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We are all cool on that -- we just admit to the heinous sin of being a writer. What worse can they do to us ;-)

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Guess the jury is out on that. :)

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      Karen Szklany Gault 3 years ago from New England

      I'm with you. Like it or not, I also have a prolific tendency to jump to conclusions...with both feet in my mouth! LOL! ~:0)

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      So many, soo serious and sooo little time. I thought the foot in mouth was a new Yoga pose. Suppose I will extract those with the crow. ;-) Hey we may be onto a new weight loss and diet plan!!

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Too many people lose so much that is more precious by getting caught up in the semantics of things. Shouldn't be so hard to just agree to disagree. Obviously, I'm more traditional and do mean marriage to be between a man and a woman, however I am a sinner all my own and what right do I have to judge others? People should be treated with love regardless - or, at the very least, with respect.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I hope people agree with your sentiment. But I am afraid some will look for trouble even when they know it is not intended. Thanks for droppin on by and saying hi!

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Hehe. . . I get myself in trouble when it is not intended, so I am well aware that people will find it even if they are not looking for it and even if the person speaking doe not intend it. Perceptions and subjectivity get in the way. Open hearts are needed.

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