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"Usually a fundamentalist, holier-than-thou, Bible-thumping, Scripture-quoting, Hallelujah-ing Christian, who often claims to be a "creation scientist" "- [1]

Cretinist is a portmanteau of cretin and creationist. It's entirely derogatory, obviously. As such, some rationalists would argue it shouldn't be used on account of its ad hominem properties - it's basically on par with "evilution" as far as bad, derogatory puns are concerned. Others argue that it's just a snarky way of calling a spade a spade.

Surprising etymology

In current English usage a cretin is "a stupid, vulgar, or insensitive person".[2] Historically it is from the French word crétin, a wretch, innocent victim. Which is in turn from the Latin christianus or Christian. So when you are calling someone a cretinist you are not in fact insulting them, you are calling them a Christian creationist.

There is also a real disease called cretinism, which potentially adds another layer of poor taste. [3]

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Footnotes

  1. Meaning of Cretinist
  2. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cretin
  3. Diseases database

Adapted from an out of date article at RationalWiki

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