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Hostility or indifference to religion.


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) lack of religious faith
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) indifference or opposition to religion
ˌirreˈligionist n


(ˌɪr ɪˈlɪdʒ ən)

1. lack of religion.
2. hostility or indifference to religion; impiety.
[1585–95; < Late Latin]
ir`re•li′gion•ist, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.irreligion - the quality of not being devout
impiety, impiousness - unrighteousness by virtue of lacking respect for a god
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Personal prejudices that favor religion over nonreligion become factors in what should otherwise be a secular examination of the facts and oral arguments, while the courts' duty to uphold the law is tainted by any use of religion to examine the trustworthiness or morality of the accused.
Religion and Its Others: Studies in Religion, Nonreligion, and Secularity; Volume 3
This is important because I believe it is only fair that if we protect religion, in all its varieties, we should also protect nonreligion from discrimination.
If all the facts are as stated, then the Pentagon's actions appear to violate the Constitution's First Amendment by favoring nonreligion over religion and evidence of hostility toward religion.
172) By allowing for increased religious expression in public schools and in government meetings, and by giving state authority to a student's choice to opt out of school assignments on religious grounds, the government impermissibly entangles itself in the practice of religion and the promotion of religion over nonreligion.
27, Wilson ruled that a granite monument depicting a soldier kneeling in prayer before a cross lacked "a secular purpose" and has "the unconstitutional effect" of endorsing religion over nonreligion.
html/; Smith, Christopher, and Richard Cimino, "Atheisms Unbound: The Role of the New Media in the Formation of a Secularist Identity," Secularism and Nonreligion 1 (February 21, 2012): 17-31.
Supreme Court often faces cases involving religious matters, including the Free Exercise Clause's guarantee of an individual's freedom of religion (12) and the Establishment Clause's prohibition on government preference for one religion over another or religion over nonreligion, (13) However, in the United States an individual's religious identification remains fully relegated to the private realm, free from government interference.
93) "The First Amendment mandates governmental neutrality between religion and religion, and between religion and nonreligion.
96) She identified the key constitutional harms imposed by an Establishment Clause violation as expressive in nature; under this view, the government offends a constitutional commitment to religious pluralism when it delivers a message that citizens' status varies based on their religion or nonreligion.
44) a law whose purpose is secular may still be found to violate freedom of religion if its impact is not neutral as between religions or as between religion and nonreligion.
An Assessment of the Equal Treatment of Religion and Nonreligion in First Amendment Jurisprudence, 75 IND.