Saying “God bless you” after somebody sneezes appears to be a no-no at Simmons College.
The National Review reports the common phrase — which has been used as a courtesy since the Bible was written — is considered a “microaggression” by librarians at the private women’s school in Boston, The National Review reports.
A guide library staffers wrote to inform students about “anti-oppression, diversity, and inclusion,” states when somebody says “God Bless You” — even “Merry Christmas” — it is an “assumption of one’s own religious identity as the norm” and might be perceived as slight by those follow or practice Islam.
“Comments or behaviors that convey people’s presumption that their religion is the standard and behaves accordingly . . . conveys one’s perception that everyone is Christian or believes in God,” the guide states.
National Review reporter Kat Timpf, who first reported on the guide, believes it is much ado about nothing.
“I don’t think people actually think about it; it’s just something that we grow up hearing and so start saying ourselves. It’s really more of a reflex than a declaration of faith,” she wrote.
A school spokesperson told One News Now the guide published by the librarians is not an official policy of Simmons College.
The 119-year-old college of 2,060 undergraduates and more than 2,800 post graduates, boasts such well-known alumni as award-winning journalist Gwen Ifill, Hollywood producer Denise Di Novi, sportscaster Suzyn Waldman and Helen Dore Boylston, author of the popular “Sue Barton” nurse series.