Bluefield Daily Telegraph
A selection of reader comments from our Facebook page this week:
On a Dear Abby feature in which a self-described atheist believes salespersons who end transactions by saying “Have a blessed day” are forcing their religious beliefs on customers:
• Since when is the word “blessed” a Christian word? And further more, be grateful some one is wishing blessings on you! ... Tiffany S.
• Surprised Bluefield Daily would post this. I guarantee this posting will cause a heated argument before the day is over. “Have a blessed day all” :)smile — Angel H.
• God bless you. I hope for your soul’s sake you rethink your position before it’s too late. I’ll be praying for you! — Karen C.
• Grow up. If someone makes a comment that doesn’t agree with your beliefs, move along. It’s not like they are force feeding their ideas to you — Erik P.
• Sorry atheist about your luck. I’m God’s child — Betty B.
• “Have a blessed day” could mean calm and productive, and if this bothered the atheist maybe they aren’t as atheist as thought — Carol B.
• We believe in God and want to hear “Have a blessed day,” why should our beliefs be put on hold because of someone that doesn’t believe — Alice P.
• Individuals have a right to share their beliefs. This is a constitutionally protected right of speech. It is the governments which should not be involved in this. Atheists and believers have equal rights to have or not have religious beliefs as well as the right to share or not share any beliefs. And the listener has the right to walk away or argue the point. We should celebrate this freedom. I know I do — Dan C.
• I say “Having a blessed day” also gets under my skin in a very happy way. When that is said to me I feel like they are sending a blessing down for God. If someone doesn’t like it then move on and be grateful for the kindness shown to you — Nancy D.
• Ha, ha — politics and religion, that’s the best way to get ’em started, that’s the way to get people to comment on your post — Chris S.
• If I want to say “Have a blessed day,” I’m not apologizing if it offends you. If you don’t want to say it then that’s your prerogative. God bless you, and have a blessed day! — Robbie S.
• Those people who say this know exactly why they’re doing it. First, they sincerely wish God’s blessings to you and secondly, they shine their light for all to see. It’s a freedom that we have to share — Brenda H.
• It’s a greeting birdbrain. Did it really offend you? Really, are words that hurtful? ... Turn the other cheek. One day you will appreciate them — Derek K.
• Have a blessed day! — Barbara P.
• “One nation under God,” don’t like it, go somewhere else! God bless us, everyone! — Jessi D.
• Blessings aren’t contagious like measles! So get over it — Kaye W.
• Freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. Enough said — Elizabeth A.
• I’d rather hear or say “Have a blessed day” than to hear or say, “May the evil of earth rain down on you today.” It is our way of saying, have a great day, not a bad day — Susan Y.
• Since when is saying “have a blessed day” forcing religious beliefs on someone? — Pamela M.
• What irritates me more is when a cashier or salesperson doesn’t greet me at all, as if I am not there or don’t have a face; they have lifeless, empty looks on their faces. When I leave, I tell them I hope the rest of their day is more blessed than the beginning — Karen S.
• I would rather have a blessed day, which is a wonderful day, than have a terrible day — Barbara H.
• Someone always has to find a reason to complain about. Maybe they should say, “If you believe in a higher power have a blessed day, if you’re an atheist then have a rotten one,” that way they can’t be accused of forcing their religious beliefs on someone. Some people need to get a life. The cashier is only wishing you a nice day. This person would probably complain no matter what someone said to them — Jean J.
• Saying greetings like “Have a blessed day” shows people really care about others — Susie H.
• Not pushing their beliefs on you, just sending hopes for a day filled with good. But if that offends you, “My hope for you is that you have the worst day that you have ever had ...” ... — Lender L.
• The world is really in sad shape when words of kindness are found offensive — Sharon S.
• This poor “soul,” if atheists have them, should perhaps have learned a few life lessons in that if we look for bad, we will find it equally if we look for good ... Dorothy B.