Could the word 'Infidel' be an example of thought-terminating cliché? From WIKI “The language of the totalist environment is characterized by the thought-terminating cliché. The most far-reaching and complex of human problems are compressed into brief, highly reductive, definitive-sounding phrases, easily memorized and easily expressed. These become the start and finish of any ideological analysis.” - Lifton, Robert J. (1989) OR, better yet lady's and gentleman, we may be looking at an excellent example of Newspeak! A thought-terminating cliché that has slowly evolved into a single word (the penultimate goal of all Newspeak enthusiasts - triumph being Newspeak without any cognitive thought at all). In a few hundred more years 'Infidel' will probably have been replaced by Unbeliever. Oh, gee, wouldn't the "Islamic world" (whatever that is) be ever so doubleplusgood with such a fine word as Unbeliever! Oh wait *snap!* Lastly, that's one thing Sciforums does do in the religious forum, at least I think, is break thought-terminating clichés and Newspeak. And, populations under the cultural imprinting of Islamic Dictatorships do display some Orwellian Newspeak behaviors, being terrified to "Think", I mean really question, the invisible Big Brother Allah's reality. Impressive! Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!