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religious issues /n./ Questions which seemingly cannot be
raised without touching off holy wars, such as "What is the
best operating system (or editor, language, architecture, shell,
mail reader, news reader)?", "What about that Heinlein guy,
eh?", "What should we add to the new Jargon File?" See
holy wars; see also theology, bigot.
This term is a prime example of ha ha only serious. People
actually develop the most amazing and religiously intense
attachments to their tools, even when the tools are intangible.
The most constructive thing one can do when one stumbles into the
crossfire is mumble Get a life! and leave -- unless, of course,
one's *own* unassailably rational and obviously correct
choices are being slammed.
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