FW: The sneeze


They walked in tandem, each of the ninety-two students filing into the already crowded auditorium. With their rich maroon gowns flowing and the traditional caps, they looked almost as grown up as they felt. 
Dads swallowed hard behind broad smiles, and Moms freely brushed away tears. 
This class would NOT pray during the commencements, not by choice, but because of a recent court ruling prohibiting it.

The principal and several students were careful to stay within the guidelines allowed by the ruling. They gave inspirational and challenging speeches, but no one mentioned divine guidance and no one asked for blessings on the graduates or their families. 
The speeches were nice, but they were routine until the final speech received a standing ovation.
A solitary student walked proudly to the microphone. He stood still and silent for just a moment, and then, it happened. 
All 92 students, every single one of them, suddenly SNEEZED !!!! 

The student on stage simply looked at the audience and said,
And he walked off the stage...
The audience exploded into applause. This graduating class had found a unique way to invoke God's blessing on their future with or without the court's approval. 
Isn't this a wonderful story? Pass it on to all your friends.........and
This is a true story; it happened at the University of Maryland . 

Oh, how I wish THIS one would take off and FILL the whole Country!!



Anonymous said...

Snopes (although I think their writeup misses the point that the students were supposedly all in on the joke)

At first I thought I'd left Firefox magnified, since I don't normally keep the text that big.

Anonymous said...

This happened at the University of Maryland? Really? A huge public university had a graduating class of just 92 students, who looked "almost grown up", and a principal?

Anonymous said...

Was this a Simpson's or Family guy episode? I know one of them did this.

gruaud said...

This really twists my twinkie.

ferschitz said...

gruaud: rotflmao!!!

This goes along with a prior Anon post in response to said twisted twinkie rwf: if it's written in GIANT FONT then it MUST be true!!

P.S. Is a twisted twinkie sort of like Twisted Sister? Or...???

Marc with a C said...

"All 92 students, every single one of them, suddenly SNEEZED !!!! "

Allergies that bad this season, huh?

alcoolworld said...

Yes, ILMFAO at Twist my Twinkie again. I may have to incorporate it into my daily speech patterns along with "Goats on Fire!!!"

Anonymous said...

Re Snopes explanation: Oh too bad for the sneezers! Having had to sit through many a prayer in public places that I didn't particularly agree with it's about time the athiest gets the break.

It's hard to really care that these folks whose religion is SO important to them couldn't make an effort to hold a prayer circle before or after their graduation and were reduced to sneaking in a sneeze instead. Call a wambulance and have them take you to your church.

CMcD said...

More clever winger "humor." This one's a real knee-slapper!

womzilla said...

Oh, I heard about that one. Except in the incident I heard about, when the whole class sneezed, the guy on the podium said, "May the blessings of my lord and savior SATAN flow on you all! Hail SATAN, lord of this world!" And everyone cheered this exceptionally clever method of getting religious expression into a public event.

Anonymous said...

womzilla, that was funny. You need to write a few emails, my friend.
Man oh man, I love this site...

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