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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Leave My Phobia Alone!

Those who oppose same-sex marriage are vilified as homophobic. By definition, homophobia is the fear of sameness, monotony or of homosexuality or of becoming homosexual. Fair enough. So why is it that we never hear about these less popular phobias?

  • Decidophobia- Fear of making decisions.
  • Dikephobia- Fear of justice.
  • Epistemophobia- Fear of knowledge.
  • Euphobia- Fear of hearing good news.
  • Hierophobia- Fear of priests or sacred things.
  • Homilophobia- Fear of sermons.
  • Hypengyophobia or Hypegiaphobia- Fear of responsibility.
  • Ideophobia- Fear of ideas.
  • Katagelophobia- Fear of ridicule.
  • Novercaphobia- Fear of your step-mother.
  • Phobophobia- Fear of phobias.
  • Staurophobia- Fear of crosses or the crucifix.
  • Theophobia- Fear of gods or religion.
  • Tyrannophobia- Fear of tyrants.

A Christian who disagrees with the act of homosexuality is not necessarily homophobic any more than an atheist who doesn't agree with a belief in God is also not necessarily theophobic. Only when we fear these things can we be classified as phobic. I think there are many behavioral phobias that are often mistaken as "fear" induced rather than just a moral/ spiritual disagreement. Terminology like this can be easily "hijacked" by those who prematurely judge the intentions of the heart.

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