CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact
Local atheist Brad Pincombe has had enough of what he has dubbed ‘activist Christians’ for saying ‘bless you’ every time he sneezes.
Mr Pincombe, who suffers from occasional asthma attacks, says springtime is particularly bad for him with pollen in the air.
“I sneeze quite a bit at this time of the year. But that’s my business… I don’t need some happy clapper telling me that I have God’s permission to continue my day afterwards,”
Working in an office in Canberra, Pincombe says that people saying ‘bless you’ is offensive to him as a non-believer. So much so, that he has decided to take the matter to court.
The case is currently before the ACT Supreme Court with sources telling us that it will be quite difficult to implement restraining orders against people in an office setting.
This has not deterred Mr Pincombe, who stated “I’ve had enough of these in-your-face Christians. They should leave it at home,”
Speaking to Mr Smith’s colleagues, The Betoota Advocate sought to understand a bit more about their religious motivations.
It would appear that, contrary to Mr Pincombe’s claims, his co-workers are also non-practicing. With one claiming that his co-workers use the expression ‘bless you’ more so out of habit than anything else.
Joseph Omar, a Muslim colleague, laughed when recounting Mr Pincombe’s reactions to everyday usage of the age-old, Anglo-spheric expression.
Mr Omar says he has also taken to greeting Pincombe with “As-salamu alaykum’ (Arabic: Peace be upon you) each morning upon arrival.
“It is amazing. He nearly faints each time I say it. I think he is under the impression that it is a radical Muslim war-cry,”
“It’s particularly entertaining because I know he is far too politically correct to ask me to stop it,”