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 for holy wars
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  holy wars
   n.
  
      [from Usenet, but may predate it; common] n. flame wars over religious
      issues. The paper by Danny Cohen that popularized the terms big-endian
      and little-endian in connection with the LSB-first/MSB-first controversy
      was entitled On Holy Wars and a Plea for Peace.
  
      Great holy wars of the past have included ITS vs.: Unix, Unix vs.: {
      VMS, BSD Unix vs.: System V, C vs.: Pascal, C vs.: FORTRAN, etc.
      In the year 2003, popular favorites of the day are KDE vs, GNOME, vim vs.
      elvis, Linux vs. [Free|Net|Open]BSD. Hardy perennials include EMACS vs.:
      vi, my personal computer vs.: everyone else's personal computer, ad
      nauseam. The characteristic that distinguishes holy wars from normal
      technical disputes is that in a holy war most of the participants spend
      their time trying to pass off personal value choices and cultural
      attachments as objective technical evaluations. This happens precisely
      because in a true holy war, the actual substantive differences between the
      sides are relatively minor. See also theology.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  holy wars
  
     [{Usenet, but may predate it] flame wars over religious
     issues.  The paper by Danny Cohen that popularised the terms
     big-endian and little-endian was entitled "On Holy Wars
     and a Plea for Peace".  Other perennial Holy Wars have
     included Emacs vs. vi, my personal computer vs. everyone
     else's personal computer, ITS vs. Unix, Unix vs. VMS,
     BSD Unix vs. USG Unix, C vs. Pascal, C vs. Fortran,
     etc., ad nauseam.  The characteristic that distinguishes holy
     wars from normal technical disputes is that in a holy wars
     most of the participants spend their time trying to pass off
     personal value choices and cultural attachments as objective
     technical evaluations.  See also theology.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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