Some people obviously need to take a chill pill.
Some Atheists find it offensive when a creationists says God Bless to them. I understand that it may not be within the realm of the Atheists beliefs, but the Creationists saying it isn’t doing it out of malice, so I really can’t see why they’d let it bother them so much. So my question is, does it bother you when someone says “God Bless You” to you? If so, why?
It does not bother me at all. Any expression of “good will” or “gratitude” in recognition of a person’s good character or good deeds must be accepted graciously. It is the intent of the wish, not how it is expressed, which IMO is the primary consideration.
This is pretty much my point of view on the issue. From the perspective of the creationists, he’s/she’s wishing good fortune. I think the problem is that Atheists that make big issues out of these small things only justify the stereotype in peoples minds that all Atheists are pissed off. It’s fair to say, to end this negative connotation, Atheists (in general) really should be more selective on the battles they choose to fight.
There are some situations where it irks me, but in gratitude, I don’t mind it. If I do something nice for an old lady and she gives me a “well god bless you, son,” I’m not going to take offense. On the other hand, if I’ve just finished disagreeing with someone and they end it with a curt “well god bless you,” I’ll take offense to that. I feel like religious folk sometimes use it as a “last stab” to gain some kind of authoritative or moral high ground or to impress their religion onto me. Substitute the latter with “you can enjoy Hell” and there’s really no difference in the message.
Most of the time it’s just a mental *facepalm* for me, and I let it slide….. I’m from Canada though.