My latest letter for One Year Of Letters. I recommend checking out the other authors in this project.
August 10, 2015
Today, my five-year-old son held the door for a woman in a full burka. As she walked by, she said, “May Allah be pleased with you.” My little dude nodded and said, “You’re welcome.” I found the experience interesting and a little exciting, as though this heavily veiled woman allowed me a glimpse into her beliefs.
I know from friends “blessed be” is a wish from wiccan and pagan practitioners. I have a friend who wishes, “Karma be kind.” I’ve heard, “Love and light visit you” and “Aho, all my relations.”
Some atheists object to being “blessed.” Other folks rail against religion. Period. “Don’t pray for me.” Those who feel theirs is the only belief that matters find offensive wishes from any religion other than their own. Inversely, I once wished someone ‘good luck,’ and I was chastised. “I don’t believe…
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