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Posted 10/5/15 , edited 10/5/15
Gesundheit

Or just blesh you like most people do. Much like the words thursday and wednesday, "blesh you" doesn't keep it's religious connotations to everybody and they just stop caring.
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I use the lords name in vain as an agnostic. Whatever.
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It doesn't matter.
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"Don't do that around me."
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When someone sneezes around me, I just say "Congratulations".
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I just kinda of injore it really well if anyone sneezes really I just let other people say Bless you or whatever they say
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As an Atheist, I don't say anything when someone sneezes. People probably think it's rude when I don't say anything, but for obvious reasons it doesn't make sense to me to say it.
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I don't say anything when people sneeze and I don't say thank you or whatever if anyone says Bless You if I sneeze. I have opted out of this archaic gesture.
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I think Bless you is pretty safe, if someone is getting up in arms about that then they're probably just looking for anything to start the fire so to speak.

I live in South Wales so not very religious over here and I tend to hear "Bless you" or "Mind yourself" occasionally when people sneeze.

I know if you are brought up to instinctively say it when someone sneezes then you're going to feel odd ignoring it.
If you are relatively neutral and just looking for something to fill the silence for a large sneeze then you can say: "Careful, you'll scare the children"
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This practice of saying "bless you" after one sneezes originated from a rather old superstitious belief that your spirit or soul could be expelled temporarily when you sneeze. Some believed at this moment of vulnerability that the Devil or other maleficent spirit creatures could snatch up your soul, which would be real bad I guess haha.
Nowadays it just seems to be said as a polite gesture with general good intentions. I am a Christian, but I don't say anything when people sneeze. I may make a comment at times about them spreading their germs or getting me sick in a joking way, etc. Personally, I say "excuse me" when I sneeze.
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Sneeze response:

"When you die, nothing happens."
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I just say it anyway out of habit, means nothing to me.
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I don't say anything, just like I don't say God bless or Jesus loves you at the end of every of my sentences.
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onibrotonel wrote:

Sneeze response:

"When you die, nothing happens."


Dane Cook!
Posted 10/5/15
You don't say anything.
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Posted 10/5/15 , edited 10/5/15

abeltensro wrote:


Vertamitlu wrote:


abeltensro wrote:

did being an atheist become a meme last night or am i just hallucinating.

Btw, i dont really care what anyone says when i sneeze. The fact is the whole god bless thing is less a religions thing and more of a english colloquialism. Its the same thing when you curse and say Jesus Christ, though mostly i just say fuck and shit.


As an Atheist, I agree with this. It's just a colloquialism and I don't even think twice about it. It's just a polite gesture from one person to another acknowledging your sneeze and making it so that you don't feel awkward for making a loud ass noise and spreading germs from your nose. I even catch myself saying it to others. It's just a saying that has lost its meaning. Honestly, do religious folks here really put so much thought into it by thinking, "I want God to bless this person because they have sneezed"? It's just something you say.


Im sure they bend down and pray every night at their home built chapels for all the people who sneezed that day; hoping god will smite them with anthrax or something.

BTW, never understood the appeal of believing in a man who looks like Jerry Garcia and floats in the clouds.


Don't quote me with your hateful bullshit. Next time I'll report you. It's people like you that make atheists look bad.
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