God bless you.
Offended by that summons to a higher power?
Then don’t sneeze.
Then again, why rile the rising tide of heathens increasingly inclined to resent any and all references to the Almighty as pushy proselytizing?
Instead, try consoling sneezers who just might be overly sensitive atheists or even mere agnostics with “Gesundheit” ”” German for “health.”
Dropping “God Bless You” from your remark rotation is especially advisable when within earshot of Christopher Hitchens, a self-described “essayist and contrarian” who seems to spot holier-than-thou hypocrisy behind every burning bush. The title of his new book, “God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything,” says it all.