As Christians in the US, it should be our right to express our beliefs with our peers. One of the main core values of this great country is freedom of speech and religion. It is troubling to see institutions of higher education in America try and undermine these values we hold dearly. Keep up to date on the events that matter to Christians on LoveWorld USA News.
A college in Boston has prepared an anti-oppression library guide so that no one is offended on campus. It lists saying ‘God bless you’ after someone sneezes as a microaggression against Muslim people, and ‘Merry Christmas’ as an offensive phrase. The guide prepared by college librarians at Simmons College is intended to provide some general information about anti-oppression, diversity, and inclusion, as well as well as information and resources for the social justice issues key to the Simmons College community.
It explains why saying ‘God bless you’ should be discouraged: comments or behaviors that convey people’s presumption that their religion is standard and behaves accordingly. Greeting someone like ‘Merry Christmas’ or saying ‘God bless you’ after someone sneezes, conveys ones perception that everyone is Christian or believes in God.
The guide avoids using the suffix phobia because of course, that’s too offensive to people that are suffering from phobia as a mental health disorder.
As long as America is a Christian nation, we’re going to use those phrases that most people would take as a compliment. I’m pretty sure there are Christians who take offense at hearing the Lord’s name being used in profanity and in casual conversation as well.
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