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Will an atheists get offended?

I'm sorta scared now.. when in a classroom and someone sneezes I automatically say "may god bless u" it's just a reaction idk but now so many atheists idk if that person would get offended?

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In most cases probably not, though to be fair I do know a few Pagans who have issues in general with other people offering "blessings" from unknown (or unwelcome) deities. Most people understand though that it's just something that people say, that doesn't have a whole lot of meaning behind it at this point.

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How would they be offended by something they don't think is there?

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Inded! Lol
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No, as an atheist I take no offense, but I must ask, do you acknowledge a hiccup, a fart, or a burp?

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For a burp. I have been raised up into sayin "thx goes to god"
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LOL!!!! Was he the cook? ;P
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God provided us with food.
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Tooish you know that's true. So keep doing what your sound, bc YOU know it's RIGHT. If ppl don't like it it's their prob. and you can feel good abot yourself.
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If I acknowledge a fart it's not usually with a blessing.
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Miss is correct! If you feel you must do that, then you should continue to do so. But always remember to ask yourself, why?
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No.

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No. Supernatural things don't exist, I think, but that doesn't make them offensive. To be honest though, I have allergies, and it always made me feel self-conscious when someone said that because I sneeze in threes.

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No.

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most will not. some may. i just say bless you when people sneeze, and no one has said anything to me. . .yet...you will be fine :)

and i like your open mindedness...your respect for others, we need more people like you :)

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Thx. We need more ppl like YOU
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i am pretty awesome, lmao :)
thanks
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It'd be a petulant little atheist who was offended by that. I usually say, "Gesundheit!" which is the alternative.It's German for "good health".

One morning Daizy coughed and I said, "Gesundheit!" and she said, "I didn't sneeze, I coughed." Then there was an icy silence while she thought about it before saying, "You NEVER listen when I cough."

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sounds good to me
Say it in another language
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Lol
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It is a good thing to be given a blessing whether one sneezes, coughs, is sick or even barfs regardless of what they believe or don't believe. It is saying I care about you.

When we our body does any of those functions, we stop breathing. We need a blessing.
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I just had a crazy thought.
My tradition when someone burps & farts is to say, "Do you feel better now?"

I'm wondering if I should I also say a blessing when people do this also.
Glory be to all that exists. Your alive.
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@MV: I think that Bless You stems from those times when people thought that our soul left our body when we sneezed. "Bless you" was a benediction to bring it back.
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Dodgy that was a funny story
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Thanks, aikenback. Life's full of 'em -- especially living with a comedian like Daizy.
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Lol!
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just say "bless you" instead of "may god bless you".

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Yes. May God bless you seems a little long and maybe a little too religious.
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Nope. It's polite and the gesture is friendly. I say "Godd**mn!t" and "Oh my God!" often though I'm an atheist.

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yepper it is best to just say bless you, that way if they are devil worshippers, they will fell blessed by the devil. all different tpye of religions here in the greatest nation on the planet Earth, the United States of America.

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Atheists aren't devil worshipers.
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didn't mention no atheists, mentioned devil worshippers
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The poster was asking about atheists.
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in my opinion I don't think they would. unless they are very close minded and/or anti-religious which is a whole different story. because I also say "bless you" every time. I know its not the same as the way you say it but after all I am (asking) to bless them.

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I usually don't say anything but if you feel like saying "bless you", go ahead. If someone is offended by that then they are too sensitive or they're trying to pick a fight. "May God bless you" seems a little long.
Here's a little bit of trivial information for you: the way that expression got started was a long time ago, like the Middle Ages or something, people thought that when you sneezed you were expelling an evil spirit so they said "bless you". Although when you fart you are expelling something evil I don't think people are inclined to bless you for sharing.

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I knew someone that would cry hosannah! when he passed gas.

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That's pretty funny.
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Offenses are easily taken by those who don't sense your goodwill and intent. If they don't, they have more problems than atheism.

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Some people are looking for opportunities to be offended. It's a way to manipulate people and get attention.
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Atheism is no more a problem than Christianity is. Although many of us atheists often argue against Christian ideals and beliefs, rarely will you see one of us say that Christianity is inherently a problem. In that sense, we afford you respect. I might be overreacting, but I would appreciate it if you would not call atheism a problem. It's none of your business what I personally believe, and you have no right to say I have problems because I don't believe the same as you.
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Jjjj13,
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Only children could take offense at what I said.
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Still vaguely insulting me eh? Oh well, evidently Christianity isn't your only problem.
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Thin skins are endemic in the atheist population but I am happy to see its not your problem.
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JamesKaeberle

Don't worry about it. Let God take control. Just keep your eyes on Jesus and don't worry about the world. If they confront you about it just say " I'm sorry "

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don't worry about it and don't apologize for knowing the creator of the universe I came to The Lord by seeing the peace and joy in every day life of my brother and things that just could not be put off as luck and of corse he never missed the opportunity to correct me when I'd say man your so lucky it's not luck he would say alright ok i know I know

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I don't think an atheist would mind that.

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Only the extremists would be offended

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I'm atheist of course i dont mind, we were raised that saying something around those lines when someone sneezed was proper manners, now i say bless you and sometimes jokingly MAY GOD BELSS YOUR SOUL

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It's just a saying. I don't know any of us who would care.

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The origin of the saying "Bless you" when someone sneezes has not been determined for sure, but most all of the more probable reasons have to do with the superstition of demons either entering or leaving the body. But it is a custom that has been going on for so long that the origin no longer matters. As all others have said, there is nothing offensive to atheists about that custom. We may find it somewhat amusing, given its etymology, but not offensive.

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Who cares!? Your aloud to say God bless just like athiests are aloud to say bad things about our god.

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I don't want to get too picky but it's you're allowed. Not your aloud. You're is a contraction of you and are. Your shows ownership as in "I like your shoes". Allowed means permitted and aloud means out loud like: She said aloud "I like your shoes". It could change the meaning. It's not the worst grammatical error in the world but I thought you might like to know.
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No offense man but... I didn't ask for a grammar question. lol
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I forget to say it and when someone says it to me I'm kind of embarrassed ,I was hoping no one heard me

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Not if they are normal, some are fanatical, but rare, most understand, they just disagree.

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Atheists are fighting bigger battles, I guess.

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I'm atheist and I still say "Bless you", "Good Lord!", Oh my God!" "Holy.....", "God da-- it!!" etc. So, no, not at all.

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