Teacher Bans “Bless You” Phrase
From Fox 7: A California teacher has banned students from saying “bless you” when someone sneezes in his class. Health teacher Steve Cuckovick says it has nothing to do with religious beliefs, he claims it becomes a disruption in class and is serious about enforcing it. Actually, he said “it’s got to do with an interruption of class time”. See Fox interview video here.
He deducts 25 points from student’s grades every time someone breaks the “bless you” ban. “The blessing doesn’t make any sense anymore. When you sneeze, in the old days, they thought you were dispelling evil spirits out of your body. So, they are saying God bless you for getting rid of the evil spirits. But today, what I said is what you’re doing doesn’t make any sense anymore,” said Cuckovick.
So which is it Mr. Cuckovick? It doesn’t make sense anymore today or is it an interruption? If it was merely an “interruption”, then why bring up the “old” meaning of Bless you?
For him to say it doesn’t make sense anymore is purely HIS personal belief. And for those of us who still wish to say it to others, that is OUR personal belief.
Teacher backs down. Click here for update! 🙂