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Time to invent a new word: "alethophobia"

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Submitted by Malcolm (Israel), Jan 30, 2017 at 03:40

My proposal for a new word, "alethophobia," meaning "fear of the truth." Alethophobia is rampant today in the speech of academics, politicians and journalists about Islamist terrorism and about sharia-inspired repression of women, non-Muslim minorities, modern-oriented Muslims, etc. Above all, alethophobia characterizes much writing on "Islamophobia."

But alethophobia is not confined to Islam; it has endless examples in every area of human life, since it is an almost universal human phenomenon. The examples in speech about Islam are merely egregious. I think that alethophobia will prove to be a very useful label for identifying the phenomenon.

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The word does exist and is even the title of a novel: https://www.amazon.com/Alethophobia-Manoucher-Parvin/dp/1588140474

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