No "Godly Speaking"
I saw recently a news item on the Internet that came from Tennessee. It was about a student that sneezed and a classmate said, "bless you." The report is that the teacher said, "We will not have Godly speaking in my class." When she stood up against the teacher "she was told to go to the administrator's office and later placed in in-school suspension for the rest of that class period." I have for years considered when people say words like "bless you" after a sneeze, that such was an act of courtesy. Was she being courteous disruptive to the class period? If the teacher thought that speaking out during the class was disruptive, why would you have to place the adverb "Godly" before speaking, if speaking out in class was the issue? The report showed a picture of words not to be used in the class, they were written on the board. Things like "my bad," "hangout" and "bless you" was also on the list. We are living in a morally mixed up society. "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" Is.5:20. Times have not changed through the centuries since Isaiah wrote those words: "Calling evil good, and good evil." We do live in society that has religious freedom. You are free to believe what you want, but also free to believe in nothing. The student was not trying to force the teacher to be a believer in God, by simply be courteous to a fellow student. Yet the teacher was trying to force their nonreligious viewpoint on the class by forbidding "Godly speaking in my class." If you want to be an atheist or agnostic, you are free to do so. If you are a believer in God, and your speech reflects such by words like "bless you" one is free to do so. That is why and how we have peace and freedom in our country.