Secularized Language

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While the development of conservative words grows by doubling each century, those with an anti-Christian and anti-American agenda, such as liberals, homosexuals, atheists, evolutionists and leftists, have diluted the Christian origins of our language by replacing common phrases with secularized versions. See also Religious language.

For example, "God be with you" was secularized to "Goodbye". Many more examples are listed below.

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 deceitful tactics are a prime example of Liberal redefinition and other Liberal tools.

Calendar Terms

Original expression Secularized version
B.C./A.D. B.C.E./C.E.1
Christ's Mass Christmas [1]
Christmas Xmas2
Christmas Tree Celebration Tree. [2] Holiday Tree
Christmas Party Holiday Party
Christmas Holiday Winter Break
Easter Holiday Spring Break
Gregorian calendar Civil calendar
All Hallow's Eve[3] Halloween
Holy Day Holiday [4]
Independence Day The Fourth of July
Merry Christmas Happy Holidays/Season's Greetings
Pascha/Resurrection Sunday Easter Sunday3
Saint Patrick's Day Paddy's Day
Saint Valentine's Day Valentine's Day
Shrove Tuesday Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Carnival
Thanksgiving Turkey Day
The Lord's Day Football Sunday
The Reverend Martin Luther King Day MLK Day [5]
Washington's Birthday4 President's Day

Expressions and Colloquialisms

NOTE: In some cases, the secularized version is used as a "minced oath" in order to avoid using the original expression as a profanity.

Original expression Secularized version
God be with you Good luck
God be with you Goodbye
God bless you/Bless you Gesundheit
Godspeed Be good
What the dickens[6] What the devil
God Willing Hopefully
Jesus! Gee whiz!
One nation under God One nation5
Praise the Lord Praise be
Thank God! Thank Goodness!
Thank heavens Thank goodness
Thank the Lord Give thanks
Do God's work Do good
Have a blessed day Have a nice/good day

General Examples

Original expression Secularized version
Abomination Mistake
Abortion Birth control6
Abortion Reproductive Rights
Act of God Natural disaster
Adultery Cheating
Adultery Fooling around
Angelic Pretty
Religious Suppression Separation of church and state
Anti-life Pro-choice
Atheistic Secular
Bible study Fundamentalism
Blasphemy Secular opinion
Blasphemy Religious "freedoms"
Blessed Lucky
Blessing Stars aligned
Chosen lifestyle Innate characteristic
Communist Liberal
Constitutionalist Birther
Contraception Protection
Covetousness Inequality
Creation Abiogenesis
Curse Bad luck
Disciple of Christ Christian
Disciple of Christ Wingnut
Diabolical Dishonest/Underhanded
Domestic Terrorism Workplace violence
Drunkard Alcoholic
Easter Egg Spring Sphere [3], Chocolate Egg
Effeminate[7] Transgender
Eternity Forever
Father Old man
Fertile Breeder
Flood Myth
Freedom Fighter Terrorist
Gender confusion Living one's truth
Glory Praise
God A higher power
God Mother Nature
God The universe
God-fearing Intolerant
God-given Natural
Godless Secular
Golden Rule Altruism
Govern Rule
Harlot Sex worker
Harlot Prostitute
Harlot Slut
Harlot Empowerment
Harlot Liberated woman
Harlot Feminist
Heathen Multicultural
Hell (or Heaven) Afterlife
Heavenly Beautiful
Heresy Scientific theory
Heresy Freedom of Opinion
Heretic Crackpot
Holy matrimony Civil union
Homosexual Gay
Homosexuality Lifestyle choice
Husband or wife Significant other/life partner
Judgement Day Death
Immoral Personal choice
Islamic Terrorism Man-caused disaster [8]
Lazy Lacks motivation
Living in sin Shacking up/cohabitation/domestic partnership
Lust Love
Mankind Humankind
Meek Weak
Miraculous Amazing
Mother Parent
Morality Social Oppression
Nature Social construct
Perversion Diversity
Possessed Crazy
Possessed Influenced
Pray Plead
Prayer/blessing Moment of silence
Principled Extremist
Prison Correctional center
Pro-abortion Pro-choice
Pro-murder Pro-choice
Providence Lucky break
Rebuke Hate speech
Reckoning Accountability
Religion Spirituality
Religion Superstition
Righteous Law-abiding
Sacred Respected
Sanctify Set apart[9]
Saintly Well-behaved
Sex before marriage Liberated
Sin Crime
Sin Lifestyle Choice
Sodomite (generally) Gay; LGBT
Sodomite (in antiquity) Male shrine prostitute
Sodomy Relations
Solemn Dignified
Son/Daughter Offspring
Soul Spirit
The State The Government
Terrorist Freedom fighter
Unborn baby Fetus
Unequally yoked Multicultural
Unequally yoked Diverse
Virgin Young woman
Wicked Antisocial
Wicked Naughty
Witchcraft Wicca, (Neo-)Pagan
With child Pregnant
Worldly Secular
Worldly Non-religious


Original expression Secularized version
Christian Name Given Name, First Name, forename
Mary Magdalene maudlin

Historical Examples

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 government published a new dictionary, which contained only secularized language, that was in unison with the parties ideology.
The sad culmination of the Sprachregelung was in the vocabulary for the Endlösung.
Humans became units, murder became deportation etc.[10]

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.

Avoiding Blasphemy

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 Third Commandment. In what is sometimes described as a 'minced oath'[11] 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 breaching the Third Commandment as it is to an increasing desire to reintroduce Christian terminology into everyday speech.

21st century, desecularization and language

See also: Desecularization

Donald Trump, courting the vote of religious conservatives, said, "If I become president, we're gonna be saying Merry Christmas at every store ... You can leave happy holidays at the corner."[12]

The 21st century is expected to be a time of the decline of atheism in terms of its global market share and religious conservatism/fundamentalism is expected to grow in both the developing world and in the developed world (see: Desecularization). There are a number of causes of desecularization in the developed world (and the world at large), but two of the primary causes are the higher fertility rate of religious conservatives and immigration of the religious into developed countries.

The 21st century may see a growing desecularization of language.

Donald Trump, courting the vote of religious conservatives, said, "If I become president, we're gonna be saying Merry Christmas at every store ... You can leave happy holidays at the corner."[13] CNN reported about this incident, "Trump supporters in the room said it was precisely Trump's aversion to political correctness that attracted them to the colorful candidate."[14] See also: Atheism and Christmas

See also


  • 1 Sometimes C.E. is an abbreviation for "Christian era" instead of "common era", but this also conceals the historical basis due to Jesus Christ being Jewish. Christianity would not exist as a separate religion until much later.
  • 2 The 'X' in "Xmas" was originally an abbreviation for the Greek letter "chi" translated as "Ch", though the abbreviation eventually became a means of "crossing out Christ".
  • 3 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.
  • 4 Washington's Birthday was February 11 in the Julian calendar, while Lincoln's Birthday was February 12 in the Gregorian. Under the Gregorian calendar, Washington's Birthday would be February 22. Thus Washington's birthday would be more accurate. (source)
  • 5 This was part of the original Pledge of Allegiance. "Under God" was added in the 1950s at the request of President Eisenhower. (source) However, atheists such as Michael Newdow have been trying to remove the phrase "under God" from the Pledge through the federal courts (source)
  • 6 Pro-choice people often use the phrase "birth control" regardless of whether conception has occurred.


  2. Christian Book Store Struggles in Internet Culture, Fox News, December 5, 2011
  3. 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. [1] [2]
  6. Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor Act III, scene ii.
  7. Sermon by Pastor Manny Fernandez, Eagle River Baptist Church]
  8. Terrorism Is a 'Man-Caused' Disaster?
  9. See Jeremiah 1:5 in the Feminist Bible.
  10. Gerd Simon (Universität Tübingen): Art, Auslese, Ausmerze... etc.: Ein bisher unbekanntes Wörterbuch-Unternehmen aus dem SS-Hauptamt im Kontext der Weltanschauungslexika des 3. Reichs
  12. Donald Trump's pledge: 'We're gonna be saying Merry Christmas'
  13. Donald Trump's pledge: 'We're gonna be saying Merry Christmas'
  14. Donald Trump's pledge: 'We're gonna be saying Merry Christmas'