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southpaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-05-07 09:49 AM
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1. It bothers the hell out of me.
I've noticed a steadily increasing use of 'have a blessed day' over the past 3 years or so, though I mostly hear it intoned as 'have a blesst day' with the occasional 'have a bless-id day'.

It bugs the tee-total shit out of me... right along with our new GOD BLESS AMERICA license plates and Bob Riley's request that Alabamians pray for rain! Hey, Bob. My uncle had to have his left leg amputated at the knee. Why don't we get the whole state to pray that god will allow him to grow a new one. I'll tell you why... because no human being ever re-grew an amputated limb, and all the prayers in the world ain't gonna make it happen. Praying for something that naturally occurs proves nothing, it just gives the super-naturalists a reason to assert that their imaginary friend just proved his existence.

Sorry 'bout the rant... but, yes... I have definitely noticed the 'have a blessed day' parting becoming more and more common.

My thinking is that the christians are getting ever more insistent on self-identifying in the public square in response to O'Reilly and others' insistence that the secularist culture is intent on relegating them to expressing their faith only in the basements of the fire-gutted remains of their churches.

I'm sure that most of the folks who toss a 'have a blessed day' my way are just being nice in their own way... but I see the increasingly visible expression of the christian faith (ie. 'blessed day', the jesus fish, 'Keep The Ten Commandments' bumper stickers, our new license plates, Riley's 'pray for rain' days, Roy Moore...) as a reaction to imaginary persecution shouted to them by pulpit-pounding demagogues and right-wing shit-stirrer-uppers.

But what the hell... this is Alabama.
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