Thursday, March 08, 2007

The Term "Phobia"

The term or suffix "phobia" is used too widely and much too incorrectly in such words as "homophobia" or "Islamophobia".

As far as "Islamophobia" is concerned, the following quote should and must be noted.
"A phobia is defined in Webster''s dictionary as an "inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of subjects, or situation". Fear of Islamic extremism and its potentially catastrophic consequences is not inexplicable or illogical. It is a rational reaction to dangerous, irrational people who would use weapons of mass destruction to bring about their apocalyptic vision." (From Joseph Klien's "Playing The Islamophobia Card"; FrontPageMagazine; March 5, 2007)

I suggest that we all now substitute (In our daily use and in newspapers' "style books") the term "Islamoforia where the "foria" derives from the Greek and denotes a state of being-on-guard---Which is the proper response to Islam and Muslims---Who appear to have a "religious duty" to destroy our culture and civilization.

Most persons have no "fear" of (Male) homosexuals. Their usual, natural and reasonable response is the same variety of disgust that is usual to "biting into an apple and finding half of a worm" or being served rotten meat in a restaurant or any like reaction. Therefore, I suggest the same sort of substitution, for "homophobia", of the term "homoaidia" where the "aidia" derives from the Greek for disgust or revulsion.

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