Beware! ‘God Bless You’ Is A Brand-New Microaggression!


This would be comic relief if it weren’t also a tragic waste of money and a crime against sanity.

At Simmons College, Boston, a women’s college, students have been warned that saying “God bless you” when someone sneezes is–you guessed it–a microaggression.* Bad, bad, bad! What you haven’t guessed, probably because you’re not a lunatic, is that this particular microaggression is classified as “anti-Islamomisia.” Ooh! It is, the college declares, “an assumption of one’s own religion as the norm.”

It goes along with other newly-invented thought crimes: anti-transmisia, anti-ableism, anti-sanism, anti-queermisia, etc. Do you know what any of those words mean? I don’t. Do you care? I don’t!

Once upon a time, at the Tower of Babel, God confounded the language of mankind.

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Now we’re doing it ourselves.

Folks, what you’re paying for here is not education in any meaningful sense. It is the purposeful cultivation of rank idiocy.

Parents who love and respect their sons and daughters, and have any self-respect for their own hard work that earns the tuition money, don’t send them to these colleges.


*The term ‘microaggression’ was used by Columbia professor Derald Sue to refer to “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color.”

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Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on

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