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2nd Apr '18 2:28:36 PM Rhodes7
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* ''Literature/WithoutWarning'': America is all but destroyed, and the Middle East turns into a bloodbath, as well as a long-running plot to conquer France through immigration.
* ''Creator/IraTabankin'' is also highly critical and suspicious of Islam. See ''Literature/TheLastCrusade'' or ''Literature/AmericaOnFire''. The worst has to be ''Literature/InTheYear2050AmericasReligiousCivilWar'' where an American-Muslim majority and the first (openly) Muslim president leads automatically to Sharia law, weekly terror bombings etc.
* ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' features Muslims as just one in a parade of [[StrawCharacter straw villains]]. All the world's Islamic states (many of which despise each other) all join forces to invade Boston, but are soundly defeated and a terrible plague unleashed on them. Later, the defeated [[StrawFeminist straw feminists]] who don't assimilate are sold as harem slaves. Towards the end of the book, much of the world gathers in a global crusade to eradicate Islam and every man, woman and child who follows it, with the aid of the protagonists.
7th Mar '18 8:36:59 AM nombretomado
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One of the more recent religions in Western society, Scientology is no stranger to controversy. It's often portrayed in media as a PathOfInspiration and a [[FrivolousLawsuit very litigious one at that]]. Part of this can be traced to the fact that it's core beliefs involve a historical interstellar war and aliens and it's founder was a science fiction author, L Ron Hubbard. In addition, Hubbard joked more than once that he [[OnlyInItForTheMoney founded Scientology to turn a profit]], and the fact remains that [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything how high one rises and how much of Scientology's beliefs one learns depends half on how much money one gives them]] (the other half is how long they have been Scientologists). However Scientology is rarely named or called out directly in fiction. The reason for this is that the aggressively litigious element is somewhat TruthInTelevision ([[HarassingPhoneCall emphasis]] [[AmoralAttorney on]] [[StalkerWithoutACrush aggressive]]); some of it's higher-ranking members tend to be quick to [[AmoralAttorney call in lawyers]], [[ArmyOfLawyers sometimes many]], [[YouWannaGetSued and start suing people whenever someone says anything that could be construed as a negative statement about Scientology, or directly names Scientology without endorsing it, either in front of them or on a public forum]]. It's at the point that Scientology often becomes TheScottishTrope in fiction or some online communities, even on ThisVeryWiki, which is why the ChurchOfHappyology trope exists (and why ThisVeryWiki doesn't have a Useful Notes Scientology page).

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One of the more recent religions in Western society, Scientology is no stranger to controversy. It's often portrayed in media as a PathOfInspiration and a [[FrivolousLawsuit very litigious one at that]]. Part of this can be traced to the fact that it's core beliefs involve a historical interstellar war and aliens and it's founder was a science fiction author, L Ron Hubbard. In addition, Hubbard joked more than once that he [[OnlyInItForTheMoney founded Scientology to turn a profit]], and the fact remains that [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything how high one rises and how much of Scientology's beliefs one learns depends half on how much money one gives them]] (the other half is how long they have been Scientologists). However Scientology is rarely named or called out directly in fiction. The reason for this is that the aggressively litigious element is somewhat TruthInTelevision ([[HarassingPhoneCall emphasis]] [[AmoralAttorney on]] [[StalkerWithoutACrush aggressive]]); some of it's higher-ranking members tend to be quick to [[AmoralAttorney call in lawyers]], [[ArmyOfLawyers sometimes many]], [[YouWannaGetSued and start suing people whenever someone says anything that could be construed as a negative statement about Scientology, or directly names Scientology without endorsing it, either in front of them or on a public forum]]. It's at the point that Scientology often becomes TheScottishTrope in fiction or some online communities, even on ThisVeryWiki, Wiki/ThisVeryWiki, which is why the ChurchOfHappyology trope exists (and why ThisVeryWiki Wiki/ThisVeryWiki doesn't have a Useful Notes Scientology page).
26th Feb '18 10:06:22 AM DouglasFir
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* In an episode of ''Series/WhatWouldYouDo'', a situation was shown with an interviewer being prejudiced against job applicants for their religious attire--a Jew in a kippah, a Muslim in a hijab and a Sikh in a turban. While bystanders took both sides of the issue, the Sikh seemed to get the least support.

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* ''Series/WhatWouldYouDo''
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In an episode of ''Series/WhatWouldYouDo'', one episode, a situation was shown with an interviewer being prejudiced against job applicants for their religious attire--a Jew in a kippah, a Muslim in a hijab and a Sikh in a turban. While bystanders took both sides The first two got their fair share of support from bystanders, but almost no one stood up for the issue, Sikh.
** Averted in a later segment where a sales clerk refused to sell a suit to a Sikh man because he mistook him for a Muslim, not even caring when
the Sikh seemed to get corrected him. This time, just about everyone was on the least support.
Sikh's side.
28th Jan '18 5:28:11 PM DustSnitch
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* Islam is presented as a false schism of Christianity by ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', a move that audiences found uncontroversial until the twentieth century brought the ''Comedy'' to a far more Christo-skeptical audience.
19th Jan '18 4:00:44 PM WillyFourEyes
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** Another joke is when Bart goes over to Rod and Todd Flanders and plays the only video game they have where you shoot Bibles at cavemen and other heretics to convert them. It leads to this joke, Bart: "Aw man I missed!" Todd: "Nah, you just winged him. Now he's a Unitarian."

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** Another joke is when Bart goes over to Rod and Todd Flanders and plays the only video game they have where you shoot Bibles at cavemen and other heretics to convert them. It leads to this joke, Bart: joke:
--->'''Bart:'''
"Aw man I missed!" Todd: missed!"\\
'''Todd:'''
"Nah, you just winged him. Now he's a Unitarian."
19th Jan '18 1:54:02 PM BradyLady
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* "I went to a Unitarian church. The only time I heard mention of Jesus is when somebody fell down a flight of stairs."
19th Jan '18 11:20:45 AM Fireblood
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Some of the modern stigma can be traced historically to UsefulNotes/ColdWar propaganda from both sides, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement based at least a grain of truth]]. A lot of communist regimes have endorsed state atheism, often in conjunction with violent - even murderous - campaigns against religion/the religious (even communist regimes, such as modern China, that relented from violent anti-religious campaigns have still tried to repress religion through other means). During the RedScare of TheFifties, ''In God We Trust'' replaced ''E Pluribus Unum'' on the US Currency as part of the general culture wars against the anti-religious Soviet Union, thus atheists in popular media were depicted as communists. To be a communist was to be an atheist, so [[LogicalFallacies to be an atheist was to be a communist]], and to be either was to be a traitor and Un-American.[[note]]There was also the case of the late Madalyn Murray O'Hair, at atheist who founded the American Atheist Society and was a Soviet sympathizer who once tried to defect to the Soviet Union. Ironically enough, one of the most vocal and influential anti-communist author of this era, Creator/AynRand, was herself an atheist. She was of course far more vocal and tendentious about her anti-communist, pro-US attitudes than she was about her anti-religious opinions.[[/note]] In the separate US Culture Wars of TheNoughties, the atheist movement, particularly the New Atheist movement, emerged as a response to the religious right, creationism and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. Problems arose with the founders vitriolic stance as well as some [[HitlerAteSugar logically]] [[FallacyFallacy fallacious]] and [[MoralMyopia myopic]] statements (such as founder Richard Dawkins [[MoralMyopia identifying atheists as a persecuted group who's plight should be alleviated while at the same time calling for mockery and ridicule of the religious]], and the anti-religious book by fellow founder Christopher Hitchens consists mostly of [[HitlerAteSugar terrible things religious people have done or endorsed throughout history]]). Many criticisms of atheism by theists also exist, such as in the field of apologetics, which really stepped into the public light after the New Atheist movement's emergence.

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Some of the modern stigma can be traced historically to UsefulNotes/ColdWar propaganda from both sides, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement based at least on a grain of truth]]. A lot of communist regimes have endorsed state atheism, often in conjunction with violent - even murderous - campaigns against religion/the religious (even communist regimes, such as modern China, that relented from violent anti-religious campaigns have still tried to repress religion through other means). During the RedScare of TheFifties, ''In God We Trust'' replaced ''E Pluribus Unum'' on the US Currency as part of the general culture wars against the anti-religious Soviet Union, thus atheists in popular media were depicted as communists. To be a communist was to be an atheist, so [[LogicalFallacies to be an atheist was to be a communist]], and to be either was to be a traitor and Un-American.[[note]]There was also the case of the late Madalyn Murray O'Hair, at atheist who founded the American Atheist Society and was a Soviet sympathizer who once tried to defect to the Soviet Union. Ironically enough, one of the most vocal and influential anti-communist author of this era, Creator/AynRand, was herself an atheist. She was of course far more vocal and tendentious about her anti-communist, pro-US attitudes than she was about her anti-religious opinions.[[/note]] In the separate US Culture Wars of TheNoughties, the atheist movement, particularly the New Atheist movement, emerged as a response to the religious right, creationism and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. Problems arose with the founders vitriolic stance as well as some [[HitlerAteSugar logically]] [[FallacyFallacy fallacious]] and [[MoralMyopia myopic]] statements (such as founder Richard Dawkins [[MoralMyopia identifying atheists as a persecuted group who's plight should be alleviated while at the same time calling for mockery and ridicule of the religious]], and the anti-religious book by fellow founder Christopher Hitchens consists mostly of [[HitlerAteSugar terrible things religious people have done or endorsed throughout history]]). Many criticisms of atheism by theists also exist, such as in the field of apologetics, which really stepped into the public light after the New Atheist movement's emergence.
19th Jan '18 5:11:40 AM gemnayal
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'''[[UsefulNotes/{{Voudo|un}}siants]]'''

Often goes beyond "LOL" and well into "[[YouCanPanicNow EEEEEEEEEEK!]]". Practitioners of voudon and other Yoruba-derived faiths, such as Santeria, Candomble, and Obeah, are often portrayed as magical and mystical at ''best''. At ''worst'', they're portrayed as murderous, morbid, and practitioners of necromancy and dark magics the likes of which would make [[Literature/HarryPotter Voldemort]] soil his robes. See HollywoodVoodoo for details.

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'''[[UsefulNotes/{{Voudo|un}}siants]]'''

'''[[UsefulNotes/{{Voudoun}} Voudousiants]]'''

Often goes beyond "LOL" and well into "[[YouCanPanicNow EEEEEEEEEEK!]]". Practitioners of voudon and other Yoruba-derived faiths, such as Santeria, Candomble, and Obeah, are often portrayed as magical and mystical at ''best''. At ''worst'', they're portrayed as murderous, morbid, and practitioners of necromancy and dark magics the likes of which would make [[Literature/HarryPotter Voldemort]] soil his robes. Most media portrayal bears little to no resemblance to the actual religion. See HollywoodVoodoo for details.
18th Jan '18 10:40:44 AM Fireblood
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Some of the modern stigma can be traced historically to UsefulNotes/ColdWar propaganda from both sides, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement some of which contained at least a grain of truth]]. A lot of communist regimes have endorsed state atheism, often in conjunction with violent - even murderous - campaigns against religion/the religious (even communist regimes, such as modern China, that relented from violent anti-religious campaigns have still tried to repress religion through other means). During the RedScare of TheFifties, ''In God We Trust'' replaced ''E Pluribus Unum'' on the US Currency as part of the general culture wars against the anti-religious Soviet Union, thus atheists in popular media were depicted as communists. To be a communist was to be an atheist, so [[LogicalFallacies to be an atheist was to be a communist]], and to be either was to be a traitor and Un-American.[[note]]There was also the case of the late Madalyn Murray O'Hair, at atheist who founded the American Atheist Society and was a Soviet sympathizer who once tried to defect to the Soviet Union. Ironically enough, one of the most vocal and influential anti-communist author of this era, Creator/AynRand, was herself an atheist.She was of course far more vocal and tendentious about her anti-communist, pro-US attitudes than she was about her anti-religious opinions.[[/note]] In the separate US Culture Wars of TheNoughties, the atheist movement, particularly the New Atheist movement, emerged as a response to the religious right, creationism and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. Problems arose with the founders vitriolic stance as well as some [[HitlerAteSugar logically]] [[FallacyFallacy fallacious]] and [[MoralMyopia myopic]] statements (such as founder Richard Dawkins [[MoralMyopia identifying atheists as a persecuted group who's plight should be alleviated while at the same time calling for mockery and ridicule of the religious]], and the anti-religious book by fellow founder Christopher Hitchens consists mostly of [[HitlerAteSugar terrible things religious people have done or endorsed throughout history]]). Many criticisms of atheism by theists also exist, such as in the field of apologetics, which really stepped into the public light after the New Atheist movement's emergence.

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Some of the modern stigma can be traced historically to UsefulNotes/ColdWar propaganda from both sides, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement some of which contained based at least a grain of truth]]. A lot of communist regimes have endorsed state atheism, often in conjunction with violent - even murderous - campaigns against religion/the religious (even communist regimes, such as modern China, that relented from violent anti-religious campaigns have still tried to repress religion through other means). During the RedScare of TheFifties, ''In God We Trust'' replaced ''E Pluribus Unum'' on the US Currency as part of the general culture wars against the anti-religious Soviet Union, thus atheists in popular media were depicted as communists. To be a communist was to be an atheist, so [[LogicalFallacies to be an atheist was to be a communist]], and to be either was to be a traitor and Un-American.[[note]]There was also the case of the late Madalyn Murray O'Hair, at atheist who founded the American Atheist Society and was a Soviet sympathizer who once tried to defect to the Soviet Union. Ironically enough, one of the most vocal and influential anti-communist author of this era, Creator/AynRand, was herself an atheist. She was of course far more vocal and tendentious about her anti-communist, pro-US attitudes than she was about her anti-religious opinions.[[/note]] In the separate US Culture Wars of TheNoughties, the atheist movement, particularly the New Atheist movement, emerged as a response to the religious right, creationism and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. Problems arose with the founders vitriolic stance as well as some [[HitlerAteSugar logically]] [[FallacyFallacy fallacious]] and [[MoralMyopia myopic]] statements (such as founder Richard Dawkins [[MoralMyopia identifying atheists as a persecuted group who's plight should be alleviated while at the same time calling for mockery and ridicule of the religious]], and the anti-religious book by fellow founder Christopher Hitchens consists mostly of [[HitlerAteSugar terrible things religious people have done or endorsed throughout history]]). Many criticisms of atheism by theists also exist, such as in the field of apologetics, which really stepped into the public light after the New Atheist movement's emergence.
18th Jan '18 4:52:07 AM jormis29
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* Played straight in the ''[[ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet Infinity Crusade]]'' crossover. Heroes who were devout religious believers were recruited by the Goddess, an EnemyWithout of Warlock, for a crusade to conquer the universe. Interestingly, it didn't matter what that belief was in; Roman Catholic characters, [[PalsWithJesus Thor's friend who had his powers]], and [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]] himself all fell under the Goddess's control. People with mildly theistic beliefs were unaffected.

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* Played straight in the ''[[ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet Infinity Crusade]]'' ''ComicBook/TheInfinityCrusade'' crossover. Heroes who were devout religious believers were recruited by the Goddess, an EnemyWithout of Warlock, for a crusade to conquer the universe. Interestingly, it didn't matter what that belief was in; Roman Catholic characters, [[PalsWithJesus Thor's friend who had his powers]], and [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]] himself all fell under the Goddess's control. People with mildly theistic beliefs were unaffected.
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