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Usage of religious terms in
essays, media articles, etc.

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Your goals:

bullet If your goal is to inform and educate the public, then you will want to avoid the use of some religious terms, (like cult or Pagan or Witch) because of their ambiguity. 
bullet If you want to inflame public fear and hatred against a new religious group, then these might be ideal words to use. Selecting them may be irresponsible and unethical, but they may well be effective. 

Either way, we hope that you will find the suggestions in this essay of some utility.

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Topics covered in this section: 

bullet General information: Overview, Typical example (bad), Capitalization of religious terms, etc., confusing religious terms.
bullet Secular terms in articles with a religious component Homosexuality, abortion, biased reporting...
bullet About conventional religions: Christianity and Islam.
bullet Terrorism terms used to refer to Islam and Muslims
bullet About minority religions: Neopagan religions, Wicca and Witchcraft, Paganism, Satanism, Cults and new religious movements.
bullet Associated material on this web site
bullet References

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Associated material on this web site:

bullet Glossary of religious terms, A to Z
bullet Hatred and lies directed against Wiccans

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Site navigation: HomeBackground religious information > here

Home page >  Christianity > Terms, tools, etc. > here

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  1. Norm Goldstein, Ed., "Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual" to ensure accuracy in news releases. Read reviews or order this book safely from online book store
  2. M. Hancock has augmented the AP Stylebook book with additional definitions on lesser-known religions. See "AP Extra" at
  3. R.J.W. Cappon, "Associated Press Guide to News Writing," IDG Books Worldwide, (1991) Review/order this book

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Copyright 1999 to 2004 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Publishing date: 1999-JUL-22
Latest update: 2004-NOV-14
Author: B.A. Robinson

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