Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Ever wonder why we say "God bless you" when someone sneezes?
The practice of blessing someone who sneezes, dating as far back as at least AD 77, is far older than most specific explanations can account for.
I have heard it said that people thought that the heart stops beating during a sneeze, and that the phrase "God bless you" encourages the heart to continue beating.
Isn't it already too late at that point?
If they didn't keel over in cardiac arrest, can't you assume it's still beating?
Hasn't God already blessed them?
They should be thanking God!
In the continuing assault on religious freedom promised by that little rag we call the Constitution, a so-called educated politically correct idjit at the University of Texas-Rio Grande barred his students from saying "God bless you" in class, claiming it was a distraction during exams.
He felt this was so important that he banned it from all class activity, even printing it on his syllabus, right after discouraging the use of cell phones.
Clearly the two behaviors are similar.
Sadly, many students had no qualms with the demand, stating "It shouldn't really be a problem because it's the teacher's classroom."
Thankfully, the university leadership did not approve.
In a statement, the university said the sentence in the syllabus banning the utterance of "God bless you" inside classrooms has already been removed, and that the professor has already addressed the issue with his students.
"The professor's syllabus sought to identify examples of potentially disruptive behavior the professor believed could hinder the classroom learning environment, including use of cell phones," it explained in a statement.
Remember the Alamo!
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Traditionally an oath is either a statement of fact or a promise with wording relating to something considered sacred as a sign of verity.
In law, oaths are made by a witness to a court of law before giving testimony. Willfully delivering a false oath is the crime of perjury.
In addition to holding ones hand upon an object of ceremonial importance (usually the Bible), it is customary for a person swearing an oath to hold the raised right hand in a
specific gesture, a custom referred to in the Old Testament ("Their mouths speak untruth; their right hands are raised in lying oaths", Psalm 144:8).
A few weeks ago, I had to give a deposition in a legal proceeding involving my former employer.
When sworn in, I was asked to raise my right hand, but was given no Bible, nor did the oath end with the usual “so help you God” language.
When you do not swear on anything, what is the point?
Isn’t it just as illegal to lie to an officer of the law whether or not you raise your right hand and say you won’t lie?
What if I raised my right hand but crossed the fingers on my left hand?
Would that be a loophole?
How about if we implement a pinky swear process instead of the whole "raise your right hand" practice?
Wouldn't that be more binding?
While I find George Carlin's skit below amusing, the reality of our society moving away from Christian values is a little alarming.
In eradicating God from our society, we have cheapened many things.
The whole point of an oath is that in a God-fearing society, by swearing on God to tel the truth, you risk some good old-fashioned Old Testament wrath if you fib.
Fire and brimstone. Pillars of salt. Floods. Famine.
And from a logical standpoint, the whole oath process is, as George described, meaningless.
Certainly it is without God in the equation.
Absent God, what is right or wrong?
Why not lie if it suits you?
Yet the custom of swearing in is still here, a practice that dates back to the Old Testament, albiet modified in our senseless pursuit of "separation of church and state."
As with many things, those who claim to not believe seem to always hedge their bets.