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- n. An advocate of exclusivism.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who favor or practices any from of exclusiveness or exclusivism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who favors exclusivism or exclusiveness in some particular direction.
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Accordingly, I shall use the term exclusivist 'in such a way that you don't count as an exclusivist if you rationally think you know of a demonstration or conclusive argument for the belief with respect to which you are an exclusivist, or even if you rationally think you know of an argument that would convince all or most intelligent and honest people of the truth of that proposition.
The important point is that the Idea of India must prevail over the idea of exclusivist and regressive states like Pakistan or its fan club in Kashmir.
The passage above is merely the parting blow in an Carroll's all-out assault on the morality of what he terms "exclusivist" religion - particularly Evangelical Christianity as in the case of General Boykin, the subject-cum-target of this particular hit piece, Roman Catholicism, and Islam.
While the actions and words of some adherents of "exclusivist" religions have often come under fire, the actual beliefs of those adherents have remained off-limits or were left to internal debate.
That's more the case with the ultraorthodox "exclusivist" versions of the "Abrahamic" faiths.
It is said that this is the result of the "exclusivist" claim of every religion, especially the monotheistic religions, which are imagined to exclude all the others.
This concept of religious freedom has unfortunately failed to address, at the expense of adherents of pluralist and non-exclusivist religious traditions such as Hinduism and other Dharmic traditions, the right to retain one's tradition and to be free from intrusion, harassment, intimidation, and aggressive, exploitative, and predatory proselytization by non-pluralist and exclusivist religions.
The freedom of foreign missionaries to proselytize and prey upon vulnerable, generally poor people to convert them to a myopic religious worldview that denigrates or denies the legitimacy of all other traditions, or that of adherents of mostly non-exclusivist and pluralistic traditions, to be treated medically, educated, or employed without having to sell their souls?
But as adherents and advocates of a non-proselytizing, non-exclusivist, pluralistic tradition, we at the Hindu American Foundation have always asked -- the religious freedom of whom?
However, a significant minority of hard-line conservative, fundamentalist, and militant Muslims -- like their counterparts in Christianity and Judaism -- are not pluralistic, but rather strongly exclusivist in their attitudes toward other faiths and even fellow believers with whom they disagree.
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