Simmons College in Boston Says Saying ‘God Bless You’ & ‘Merry Christmas’ Are Microaggressions Against Muslims

A college in Boston has prepared an “Anti-Oppression Library Guide” so that no one is offended on campus. It lists “saying ‘God bless you’ after someone sneezes” as a “microaggression” against Muslim people, and “Merry Christmas” as an offensive phrase.

The guide, prepared by college librarians at Simmons College, “is intended to provide some general information about anti-oppression, diversity, and inclusion as well as information and resources for the social justice issues key to the Simmons College community.”

It states that “Islamomisic Microaggressions are commonplace verbal or behavioral indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults in relation to the beliefs and religious practices of Muslims.”

And then it explains why saying “God bless you” should be discouraged. “Comments or behaviors that convey people’s presumption that their religion is the standard and behaves accordingly (e.g., greeting someone ‘Merry Christmas’ or saying ‘God bless you’ after someone sneezes conveys one’s perception that everyone is Christian or believes in God).”

The guide avoids using the suffix “phobia,” because that too can be “offensive” those suffering from a phobia as a mental health disorder.

“Since labeling oppression with ‘phobia’ suffixes is harmful, many folks are exchanging them for ‘misia’ suffixes instead. Misia (pronounced ‘miz-eeya’) comes from the Greek word for hate or hatred, so similar to how Islamophobia means “fear of Islam,’ the more accurate Islamomisia means ‘hatred of Islam.'”

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Source: Christian Post