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And no, this is not from The Onion:

Via UPI: Tennessee student kicked out of class for saying ‘bless you’

A Tennessee teenager is claiming religious persecution after allegedly being removed from class for saying “bless you” when another student sneezed….

Here is the girl’s Facebook account of the event:

Via MyFox Memphis: No Talking In class?

A girl sitting right next me sneezed in class. I said “Bless You!” My teacher (name redacted), asked “Who said that?” I said “me.” She said “Why did you say that?” I said “Because it is courtesy.” She said “Says who?” I said “Says my pastor.” She said “Well we don’t say that in my class.”

I asked her why it was a big deal to her. She yelled at me and said “We will not have Godly speaking in my class!” That is when I stood up and said “My pastor said I have a constitutional right -1st amendment freedom of speech.” She said “Not in my class you don’t.”

I said “I will defend my religion.” She said “You will not in my class because I trump everyone.” Then another student stepped in and said “You don’t over trump God.” So she sent me to the office and the assistants principal said “if I didn’t want to respect my teachers rules then maybe My pastor should teach me because my freedom or speech and religion does not work at their school.

Then they sent me to ISS (in school suspension). After I left the class room all my class mates stood up and defended me the teacher had to call assistants principal to control the class.”

The assistant principal, however, said that the student’s suspension had nothing to do with religious persecution, but that she had been removed from the class for causing a disturbance.

Um, ok. Whatever…


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  1. Alain41 says:

    Wikip: The practice of blessing someone who sneezes, dating as far back as at least 77 AD… during the plague of 590 AD, “Pope Gregory I ordered unceasing prayer for divine intercession. Part of his command was that anyone sneezing be blessed immediately (“God bless you”), since sneezing was often the first sign that someone was falling ill with the plague.” By 750 AD, it became customary to say “God bless you” as a response to one sneezing.

    There is a plague upon our public schools, and the cure is school choice and eliminating the teachers can’t be fired policies.

  2. AlThumbs says:

    God bless that young woman. May the courts of Tennessee continue that school’s ‘disturbance’ until they start getting the picture about public Christian Rights and privileges..

  3. Maynard says:

    There wouldn’t have been any trouble if this kid had followed the lead of Obama’s pastor and said “God damn you.”

  4. Kitten says:

    Score! I love it that this kid stood up for her rights. Right on, baby girl! You gotta push back at these liberal loons. The whole class came down on that teacher, and it made the news. Good!

  5. Dave says:

    Why does academia produce such intolerant bigots and think that is what you pay for a higher education these days? Have all democrats become so thoroughly deluded they actually think this is rational logic?

  6. Chuck says:

    If causing the disturbance is grounds for suspension, the assistant principal should’ve suspended the teacher in the first place. She’s the one who caused the disturbance, by arguing with the student.

    The article says that the teacher has been working for 43 years. She should retire by now if she cannot handle someone saying “bless you.”

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