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While [[Essay:Best New Conservative Words|the development of conservative words grows by doubling each century]], those with an [[anti-Christian]] and [[anti-American]] agenda, such as [[liberal]]s, [[homosexual]]s, [[atheist]]s, [[evolutionist]]s and [[leftist]]s, have attempted to remove the [[Christian]] origins of our '''[[language]]''' by replacing common phrases with '''[[secular]]ized''' versions.  By appealing to [[tolerance]] and [[political correctness]], they have succeeded in propagating these secularized versions, even among those who don't share their views.  Such [[deceit]]ful tactics are a prime example of [[Liberal redefinition]] and other [[Liberal tools]].
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=='''Calendar Terms'''==
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{| class="wikitable"
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!Original expression
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!Secularized version
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|B.C./A.D.
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|B.C.E./[[C.E.]]<sup>1</sup>
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|Christ's Mass
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|Christmas <ref>http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=Christmas</ref>
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|Christmas
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|Xmas<sup>2</sup>
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|Christmas Tree
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|Celebration Tree <ref>[http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/12/05/christian-book-store-struggles-in-internet-culture/?test=latestnews Christian Book Store Struggles in Internet Culture, Fox News, December 5, 2011]</ref>
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|Christmas Party
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|Holiday Party
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|Christmas Holiday
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|Winter Break
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|Easter Holiday
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|Spring Break
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|Gregorian calendar
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|Civil calendar
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|All Hallow's Eve<ref>All Hallow's Eve was originally the pre-Roman pagan Celtic holiday of Samhain's Day. In 835 Pope Gregory IV moved All Saint's Day, which celebrates the lives of Catholic martyrs and the communion of saints, to November 1. Thus, Halloween is not itself a Christian holiday, but the evening before the Catholic feast day. [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01315a.htm] [http://www.americancatholic.org/Messenger/Oct2001/Family.asp]</ref>
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|Halloween
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|Holy Day
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|Holiday <ref>http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=holiday</ref>
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|Independence Day
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|The Fourth of July
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|Merry Christmas
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|Happy Holidays/Season's Greetings
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|Pascha
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|Easter Sunday<sup>3</sup>
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|Saint Patrick's Day
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|Paddy's Day
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|[[Saint Valentine's Day]]
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|Valentine's Day
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|Shrove Tuesday
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|Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Carnival
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|Thanksgiving
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|Turkey Day
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|The Lord's Day
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|Football Sunday
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|The Reverend Martin Luther King Day
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|MLK Day <ref>http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c103:6:./temp/~c103JkPHc3::</ref>
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|Washington's Birthday<sup>4</sup>
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|President's Day
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=='''Expressions and Colloquialisms'''==
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{| class="wikitable"
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!Original expression
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!Secularized version
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|God be with you
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|Good luck
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|God be with you
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|Goodbye
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|God bless you/Bless you
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|Gesundheit
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|Godspeed
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|Be good
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|God Willing
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|Hopefully
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|Jesus!
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|Gee whiz!
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|One nation under God
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|One nation<sup>5</sup>
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|Praise the Lord
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|Praise be
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|Thank God!
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|Thank Goodness!
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|Thank heavens
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|Thank goodness
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|Thank the Lord
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|Give thanks
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|Do God's work
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|Do good
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=='''General Examples'''==
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{| class="wikitable"
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!Original expression
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!Secularized version
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|Abomination
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|Mistake
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|Abortion
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|Birth control<sup>6</sup>
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|Abortion
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|Reproductive Rights
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|Act of God
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|Natural disaster
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|Adultery
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|Cheating
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|Adultery
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|Fooling around
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|Angelic
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|Pretty
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|Religious Suppression
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|[[Separation of church and state]]
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|Anti-life
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|Pro-choice
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|Atheistic
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|Secular
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|Bible study
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|Fundamentalism
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|Blasphemy
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|Secular opinion
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|Blessed
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|Lucky
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|Chosen lifestyle
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|Innate characteristic
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|Constitutionalist
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|Birther
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|Contraception
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|Protection
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|Covetousness
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|Inequality
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|Creation
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|Abiogenesis
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|Curse
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|Bad luck
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|Disciple of Christ
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|Christian
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|Diabolical
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|Dishonest/Underhanded
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|Drunkard
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|[[Alcoholic]]
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|Easter Egg
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|Spring Sphere[http://www.mynorthwest.com/?nid=11&sid=459668], Chocolate Egg
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|Father
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|Old man
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|Fertile
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|Breeder
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|Flood
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|Myth
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|Glory
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|Praise
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|God
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|A higher power
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|God
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|Mother Nature
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|God-fearing
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|Intolerant
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|God-given
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|Natural
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|Godless
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|Secular
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|Golden Rule
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|Altruism
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|Govern
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|Rule
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|Harlot
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|Sex worker
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|Harlot
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|Prostitute
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|Harlot
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|Slut
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|Harlot
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|Empowerment
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|Harlot
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|Liberated woman
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|Heathen
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|Multicultural
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|[[Hell]] (or Heaven)
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|Afterlife
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|Heavenly
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|Beautiful
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|Heresy
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|Scientific theory
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|Heretic
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|Crackpot
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|Holy matrimony
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|Civil union
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|Homosexual
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|Gay
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|Homosexuality
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|Lifestyle choice
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|Husband or wife
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|Significant other/life partner
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|Immoral
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|Personal choice
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|Islamic Terrorism
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|Man-caused disaster <ref>[http://www.foxnews.com/story/2009/03/17/terrorism-is-man-caused-disaster/ Terrorism Is a 'Man-Caused' Disaster?]</ref>
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|Lazy
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|Lacks motivation
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|Living in sin
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|Shacking up/cohabitation/domestic partnership
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|Lust
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|Love
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|Mankind
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|Humankind
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|Meek
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|Weak
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|Miraculous
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|Amazing
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|Mother
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|Parent
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|Nature
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|[[Social construct]]
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|Perversion
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|Diversity
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|Possessed
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|Crazy
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|Possessed
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|Influenced
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|Pray
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|Plead
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|Prayer/blessing
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|Moment of silence
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|Principled
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|Extremist
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|Pro-abortion
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|Pro-choice
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|Pro-murder
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|Pro-choice
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|Providence
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|Lucky break
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|Rebuke
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|Hate speech
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|Reckoning
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|Accountability
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|Religion
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|Spirituality
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|Righteous
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|Law-abiding
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|Sacred
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|Respected
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|Sanctify
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|Set apart<ref>See Jeremiah 1:5 in the [[Feminist Bible]].</ref>
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|Saintly
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|Well-behaved
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|Sex before marriage
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|Liberated
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|Sin
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|Crime
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|Sin
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|Lifestyle Choice
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|Sodomite (generally)
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|Gay; LGBT
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|Sodomite (in antiquity)
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|Male shrine prostitute
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|Sodomy
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|Relations
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|Solemn
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|Dignified
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|Son/Daughter
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|Offspring
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|Soul
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|Spirit
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|The State
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|The Government
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|Terrorist
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|Freedom fighter
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|Unborn baby
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|Fetus
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|Virgin
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|Young woman
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|Wicked
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|Antisocial
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|Wicked
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|Naughty
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|Witchcraft
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|Wicca, (Neo-)Pagan
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|With child
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|Pregnant
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=='''Names'''==
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{| class="wikitable"
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!Original expression
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!Secularized version
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|Christian Name
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|Given Name, First Name, forename
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==Historical Examples==
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Starting in 1933 [[Nazi]] [[Germany]] had a program to secularize the German language. The Nazis themselves called it ''Sprachregelung'' (regulation of language). The Sprachregelung was mainly directed by the ''Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda'' (RMVP) (Ministry for the enlightenment of the people and propaganda). While the RMVP concentrated mainly on controlling and censoring the language of the media and the language used in movies and other cultural ventures, there were other actions as well. The Nazi governement published a new dictionary, which contained only secularized language, that was in unison with the parties ideology.<br />The sad culmination of the ''Sprachregelung'' was in the vocabulary for the ''Endlösung''. <br />''Humans'' became ''units'', ''murder'' became ''deportation'' etc.<ref>Gerd Simon (Universität Tübingen): Art, Auslese, Ausmerze... etc.: Ein bisher unbekanntes Wörterbuch-Unternehmen aus dem SS-Hauptamt im Kontext der Weltanschauungslexika des 3. Reichs</ref>
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[[George Orwell]]'s [[1984]] describes how a tyrannical government changes language to entrench its power. This is done by the so called ''Newspeak''. Newspeak is a slimmed down version of normal English. Its goal is to prevent the speaker forming thoughts like rebellion or dislike against the government or one of its leaders. Even if an individual would be able to form such thoughts, it would be impossible to communicate them to others using Newspeak. Orwell's description of newspeak was heavily influenced by the language controls of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
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==Avoiding Blasphemy==
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While motivations will vary from from one individual to the next there is a degree to which the secularization of language may be driven by some Christians wanting to avoid breaking the [[The_Ten_Commandments|Third Commandment]]. In what is sometimes described as a 'minced oath'<ref>http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/minced-oath.html</ref> a speaker, often under stress, begins to form a [[taboo]] term and then corrects himself with an acceptable term that rhymes or has a similar initial sound. Thus 'God' becomes 'gosh', 'golly' or 'goodness gracious'; 'Jesus' becomes 'gee' or 'jeepers creepers'; 'Christ' becomes 'crikey' or 'crumbs'. The taboo term may not have any religious connotations: 'shoot' and 'sugar' are used merely to avoid a vulgarity. The fact that words such as 'crikey' and 'gee' have become less prevalent in recent decades, to be replaced with the original 'Christ' or 'Jesus' may be as much down to a reduction concern about breeching the Third Commandment as it is to an increasing desire to reintroduce Christian terminology into everyday speech. 
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== See also ==
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*[[Militant atheism]]
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*[[Atheist whining]]
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==Notes==
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* <sup>1</sup> Sometimes C.E. is an abbreviation for "Christian era" instead of "common era", but this [[CE|also conceals the historical basis]] due to Jesus Christ being Jewish. Christianity would not exist as a separate religion until much later.
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* <sup>2</sup> The 'X' in "Xmas" was originally an abbreviation for the Greek letter "chi" translated as "Ch", though the abbreviation eventually became a means of "[[Liberal censorship|crossing out Christ]]".
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* <sup>3</sup> Easter was originally a pagan festival, upon which Christianity would later apply the [[Resurrection]] of Christ and surrounding events (such as the [[Crucifixion]] on [[Good Friday]]). "Resurrection Sunday" is often used to emphasize the Resurrection of Christ rather than the pagan holiday.
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* <sup>4</sup> Washington's Birthday was February 11th in the Julian calendar, while Lincoln's Birthday was February 12th in the Gregorian. Under the Gregorian calendar, Washington's Birthday would be February 22nd. Thus Washington's birthday would be more accurate. ([http://usparks.about.com/od/historicalparks/a/Presidents-Day.htm source])
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* <sup>5</sup> This was part of the original [[Pledge of Allegiance]]. "Under God" was added in the 1950s at the request of President [[Eisenhower]]. ([http://www.ushistory.org/documents/pledge.htm source]) However, atheists such as [[Michael Newdow]] have been trying to remove the phrase "under God" from the Pledge through the federal courts ([http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=138325 source])
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* <sup>6</sup> [[Pro-choice]] people often use the phrase "birth control" regardless of whether conception has occurred.
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== References ==
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<references/>
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==See Also==
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*[[Politically correct]]
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*[[Liberal creep]]
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*[[Opposition to Christianity]]
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* Contrast with [[Essay:Best New Conservative Words]]
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*[[Transmigration of Words in Religion: an essay]]
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Revision as of 19:20, 7 July 2013

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