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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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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.
In her letter to the city, Markert wrote that the Freedom From Religion Foundation has no objection to veterans' memorials; instead, it objects to "the message of endorsement of Christianity over other religions and over nonreligion.
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.
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.
The overriding principle of the Establishment Clause is government neutrality toward religion: government must take no action that either favors one religion over another or favors religion generally over nonreligion.
are likely to have understood the monument as amounting, in any significantly detrimental way, to a government effort to favor a particular religious sect, primarily to promote religion over nonreligion, to "engage in" any "religious practic[e]," to "compel" any "religious praetic[e]," or to "work deterrence" of any "religious belief.
This position argues that it is government's job to maintain neutrality between religion and nonreligion.