A NY Daily News Columnist wrote an article on Thursday that condemned anyone who responds to sneezes with “bless you,”—mostly for the usual, overly-sensitive liberal reasons you’d expect.
Check it out:
“Bless you” is a phrase so reflexively spoken upon hearing a sneeze that many of us forgot or don’t even know where it came from. It has obvious religious connotations but they’re archaic and no longer make any sense in our modern-day world. You don’t protect your friend from the devil when she coughs so please, let her sneeze in peace. Here are five reasons why “bless you” has to go.
The reasons he proceeds to list are as follows:
- The plague is no longer a thing.
- Religious political correctness.
- Does anyone really buy the devil/sneeze connection anymore?
- Nobody likes to be interrupted—and that includes sneezing.
- It’s an unnecessary expectation to put on others.
This is essentially the ‘Merry Christmas’ versus ‘Happy Holidays’ debate, but in a different package.
No one is imposing their religious beliefs on anyone by wishing them well, and that includes saying, “bless you,” in response to a sneeze.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.