… is a brilliant name for what seems to be the standard response to scholars who dare to question religion. PZ Myers uses an illustrative fable to help define the term. Excerpt:

Until Dawkins has trained in the shops of Paris and Milan, until he has learned to tell the difference between a ruffled flounce and a puffy pantaloon, we should all pretend he has not spoken out against the Emperor’s taste. His training in biology may give him the ability to recognize dangling genitalia when he sees it, but it has not taught him the proper appreciation of Imaginary Fabrics.

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