Comments on: Is “phobia” the right term for religious intolerance? Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: matt Wed, 05 Dec 2007 09:33:13 +0000 Phobia is a political word. It makes the person who has the fear,prejudice, hatred, etc. sound like a mentally ill person and thereby makes the loathed behaivor/religion/ideology appear as though it is acceptable to all but the mentally ill. Its quite a sneaky tactic.