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Fearing planes, trains, and automobiles: Sociophobics and the disincentive to religious diversity

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Canada is connected to America by virtue of geographic proximity and economic ties. After the September 11 attack on twin towers by al-Qaeda, there is cause to fear planes, trains and automobiles. Traitors are more dangerous than enemies. Racism exacerbated the religious intolerance. Polygamy was equated with sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, usually of young teenaged girls. Culture teaches everyone what to fear, how to fear and through a variety of cultural products reflects and reinforces the fears that have been taught. There is continuing need to look beneath the surface of why someone fears (e.g., sociophobics), how the objects of one's fear are constructed and reinforced and what social, political and religious interests are served by the fears. Fear brought the first gods into being. Social scientists can precisely map the contours of religious diversity in Canada and understand more completely a nation in process.

Keywords: al-Qaeda; Canada; fear; polygamy; religious diversity; sociophobics



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