Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Religions vs. Thugnotions: A Useful Distinction

By our legal correspondent Oliver Sherlock Holmes


thugnotion (noun): a doctrine concerning the supernatural, which is customarily imposed on people by means of violence or the threat thereof. (If the doctrine in question is widespread, then the definition of “customarily” must refer to all places where the doctrine is professed, and not merely to the jurisdiction where action is brought.)  

Etymology: from θυγνος (thygnos), which in the Lydian dialect of ancient Greek meant “compulsory belief” or “doubletalk”.

Examples of the term’s use:
  1. “The Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, but it is silent on the subject of thugnotions.”
  2. “At the time the Constitution was promulgated, thugnotions had not yet appeared on the territory to which it applied, or if they had appeared, had done so only to a negligible degree.”
  3. “Accordingly the Constitution contains no provisions governing  thugnotions.”
  4. “Although thugnotions are not mentioned in the Constitution, they are dealt with in the Criminal Code under various names.”
  5. “There can be no such thing as ‘freedom of thugnotion’, because the concepts of ‘freedom’ and ’thugnotion’ are mutually contradictory.”            Slaughterfaith - Review of Clinical Islamunacy

1 comment:

  1. Prost! (That's all the Russian I know) I enjoyed this a lot. May I post this at therionorteline.com?