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God bless you 10%
Bless you 10%
Gesundheit 17%
Greetings, O flowing sneeze spirit 22%
Use a kleenex, for Christ's sake! 7%
Use a kleenex for my sake! 32%

Votes: 40

 A question for the atheists

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Jul 15, 2002
I have a co-worker who is an atheist.

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Today I sneezed, and he did not say "bless you." Is there some alternative phrase you people could say, so you don't seem like heartless pricks? Don't tell me "gesundheit." That just makes you sound like a Nazi.


Why should he have to say bless you? (1.00 / 1) (#1)
by anti filidor on Mon Jul 15th, 2002 at 11:44:08 PM PST
Mindless, meaningless pleasantries are worse than silence.

Problem... (5.00 / 1) (#4)
by walwyn on Tue Jul 16th, 2002 at 05:33:57 AM PST is not a meaningless pleasantry. The blesser believes that your sneeze has just expelled your guardian angel, and you need additional protection lest the devil gains a hold of you.

I always express pain on being blessed and follow it up with a heartfelt curse.

This proves my previous post. (4.00 / 1) (#7)
by MessiahWWKD on Tue Jul 16th, 2002 at 06:40:20 AM PST
To an atheist, anything that shows respect and etiquette to another person is mindless and meaningless, which is why they refuse to say such simple phrases as "Bless you" and "Thank you" and "Please." Although atheists (claim to) have high IQs, their EQs are surely in the single digits.
Guardian angel, heavenly friend, walk with me 'til the journey's end.

Pleasantries (none / 0) (#16)
by Anonymous Reader on Wed Jul 17th, 2002 at 09:42:48 PM PST
...only matter if they're heartfelt. I've seen your posts and such, First Incision, and I don't believe, from your 'tude, that I could bring myself to say "bless you", or any other such nicety on your behalf.

I will say one though. "May god have pity on your intolerant soul"

well you ignorant arragont can (none / 0) (#2)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Jul 16th, 2002 at 02:11:29 AM PST
the swedish "prosit" has no religious connection...

Wrong as usual (none / 0) (#18)
by Anonymous Reader on Thu Jul 18th, 2002 at 11:24:37 AM PST
Prosit is often used in Nazi drinking songs.

Nice try, Himmler.

When you sneeze (2.00 / 1) (#3)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Jul 16th, 2002 at 03:55:54 AM PST
I'm an atheist too and I never need to tell me somebody something when I sneeze. More then that, I'm feel embarassed when I sneeze, so I'm grateful when they pretend didn't hear.

Why... (none / 0) (#17)
by hauntedattics on Thu Jul 18th, 2002 at 09:49:55 AM PST
are you embarrassed when you sneeze? Are you ashamed of your body and its natural functions?

Atheists can bless you directly. (none / 0) (#5)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Jul 16th, 2002 at 06:05:04 AM PST
Unlike theists who delegate blessing responsibilities to their g*d.

Thank you! (none / 0) (#13)
by First Incision on Tue Jul 16th, 2002 at 04:45:15 PM PST
Thanks Anonymous! This exactly the kind of simple and elegant answer I was looking for.
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Sorry but... (none / 0) (#6)
by MessiahWWKD on Tue Jul 16th, 2002 at 06:35:12 AM PST
Atheists are heartless pricks. In fact, if you tell them that gesundheit makes them sound like Nazis, they'll be more inclined to say it.
Guardian angel, heavenly friend, walk with me 'til the journey's end.

As the poll demonstrates (none / 0) (#8)
by Amitabh Bachan on Tue Jul 16th, 2002 at 07:18:34 AM PST

Alternative to God Bless You (none / 0) (#9)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Jul 16th, 2002 at 10:13:33 AM PST
I always like saying "God Damn You." Usually, people don't even notice.

Knowing most atheists .. (3.66 / 3) (#10)
by seventypercent on Tue Jul 16th, 2002 at 12:53:21 PM PST
.. I would imagine that something like "Hail my sweet lord Satan" would suffice. Or perhaps "May the God that I hate but know deep down exists bless you." All of that would be great for atheists.

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You know some very confused atheists. (none / 0) (#11)
by because it isnt on Tue Jul 16th, 2002 at 01:02:43 PM PST
They seem to believe in the existence of that mythological anthropomorphisation of evil, Satan. And they contradict their own position!

The only atheists I knew like that turned out to be lifelike dummies stuffed with straw. -- because it isn't

Only two sorts of folk don't like God (none / 0) (#12)
by KingAzzy on Tue Jul 16th, 2002 at 04:43:54 PM PST
And thems FAGGITS and COMMUNISTS! Which one are you, son?

Does it matter? (none / 0) (#14)
by because it isnt on Tue Jul 16th, 2002 at 04:49:21 PM PST
After all, I'm going to Hell regardless. I suppose I could be a commie-faggit. That would be fun. -- because it isn't

On the other hand (5.00 / 1) (#15)
by SpaceGhoti on Wed Jul 17th, 2002 at 03:59:54 AM PST
Perhaps the athiest's lack had nothing to do with religion or his professed disbelief in a higher power. Perhaps the athiest finds you repugnant or otherwise reprehensible, and felt no moral obligation to provide you with a comfortable social ritual.

Or, perhaps he simply wasn't paying attention. Personally, I prefer the above reason.

A troll's true colors.

On the brighter? side (none / 0) (#19)
by Pseudo on Thu Jul 18th, 2002 at 12:48:28 PM PST
Mabey he wasn't a atheist.

Perhaps he still belives that old Catholic myth that when you sneeze a small part of your soul can escape or be taken from you. By not saying god bless you, he would then just dislikes you enough to not care if your soul is slowly depleated.

Damn heartless Catholicism!


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