A University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley professor has told his students that they're not allowed to say "God bless you" in his class. On his syllabus, no less.
Yep. That's happening in Texas, y'all.
Specifically, the syllabus states, "Please refrain from saying, ‘God bless you’ during the classes and exams.”
And then students took to social media to share the syllabus' command. Of course, there are some (sheep) who don't have a problem with it, because it's the "teacher's classroom," and then there are others who think it's a squelching of the First Amendment. As a former Adjunct Professor myself, I would never request this in a syllabus, as I had too many other things to include in my syllabi – namely the actual COURSEWORK. Additionally, I've always been a fan of politeness and courtesy.
But being silent and/or droid-like and antiseptic with one another and avoiding interaction that involves said courtesy in classroom settings is an option, too, I suppose. You know.
Of course, the university eventually had to make a statement, and it was politically correct and stupid, because it compared saying "God bless you" after a freaking sneeze to using cell phones in the classroom – two entirely different activities:
"The professor's syllabus sought to identify examples of potentially disruptive behavior the professor believed could hinder the classroom learning environment, including use of cellphones.
"The intent was not to limit the religious freedoms of UTRGV students, but to avoid unsolicited comments that might distract others."
The statement has been removed from the syllabus, apparently, but if you want to weigh in on this and call the school, you can do that – just call the UTRGV Division of Student Services at (956) 665-2147.