Black Fridays Don’t Matter

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The Mayflower was not the first English ship to reach America.

The Pilgrims were Calvinists (Puritans). Not all on board the Mayflower were Puritans.

More than half of the settlers died the first winter in Massachusetts.

The Indians of Massachusetts were barely present, following a plague of European origin.

Samoset was the first indigenous person to greet the pilgrims in March of 1621.

He greeted them in English which he had learned from traders off the Maine coast.

 Samoset returned with Squanto (Tisquantum) 6 days later.

Squanto had lived in Spain and England before he met the Pilgrims.

He spoke fluent English, which he had learned in London in the early 1600’s.

He was not living with his birth-tribe (the Pawtuxet) when he met the Puritans.

He was a Christian, having received the Gospel while in Europe.

Squanto said he wanted to go to the heaven of the Puritans when he died.

They ate more venison at the harvest feast than turkey.

They also ate fish.

Go check primary sources

Times have changed
And we’ve often rewound the clock
Since the Puritans got a shock
When they landed on Plymouth Rock.
But today; any shock they should try to stem
‘Stead of landing on Plymouth Rock,
Plymouth Rock would land on them…

Thank Diversity

Nobody but America celebrates Thanksgiving. It is reserved by history and the intent of “the founders” as the supremely white American holiday, the most ghoulish event on the national calendar. No Halloween of the imagination can rival the exterminationist reality that was the genesis, and remains the legacy, of the American Thanksgiving. It is the most loathsome, humanity-insulting day of the year – a pure glorification of racist barbarity. White America embraced Thanksgiving because a majority of that population glories in the fruits, if not the unpleasant details, of genocide and slavery and feels, on the whole, good about their heritage: a cornucopia of privilege and national power. Children are taught to identify with the good fortune of the Pilgrims. It does not much matter that the Native American and African holocausts that flowed from the feast at Plymouth are hidden from the children’s version of the story – kids learn soon enough that Indians were made scarce and Africans became enslaved.
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Stuff It and Be Thankful !

I love Thanksgiving.
It’s the one holiday the infernal data-driven machine has a hard time commercializing.
They do it – yes, they try to reduce it to the crassness of Christmas or Easter –
but it is more difficult to commodify.
Turkey farms and cranberry bogs aside,  it is a tough task to reduce thankfulness for God’s blessings to a slick marketing campaign.

 Psalm 107 in the King James Version:

O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west,
from the north, and from the south.

They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them out of their distresses.

And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness,
and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
10 Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;
11 Because they rebelled against the words of God,
and contemned the counsel of the most High:

12 Therefore he brought down their heart with labour;
they fell down, and there was none to help.

13 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
and brake their bands in sunder.

15 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness,
and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

16 For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.
17 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.
19 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.
20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
21 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness,
and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving,
and declare his works with rejoicing…

Of course if this is all too biblical and dull,
you can STILL get your Thanksgiving on here at Connect/Hook – never fear –
just check this song below. We’ve come a long way, babies:

HAVE A BLESSED THANKSGIVING 2012
CHRIST is LORD and KING FOREVER !!

PILGRIM PICTURE:  http://bigsislilsis.com/2008/11/27/give-thanks-and-gratitude/

Thanking the Void

I love Thanksgiving. It’s the one holiday the infernal machine has a hard time commercializing. They do it – yes, they try to reduce it to the crassness of Christmas or Easter – but it is more difficult to commodify.  Turkey farms and cranberry bogs aside,  it is a tough task to reduce thankfulness for God’s blessings to a slick marketing campaign. I’m sure pumpkin growers are glad for the season of sales however…

Political Correctness  dislikes Thanksgiving – at least the overtly Christian aspects of it. Apparently some haters of history and progress even sit out on Plymouth Rock every November, whining about things that cannot be changed.  Today’s social studies (that’s history in case you forgot) students are dumbed-down further with insipid lessons and readings on “the diversity of harvest celebrations” and suchlike pabulum.   This is nothing new – as far back as the early 1900’s the day was beginning to be molded into a sentimentally idealized memory of  merry English Calvinists feasting with friendly noble savages in mythical Massachusetts – which I  see  as the first step in severing Thanksgiving from what it should be – a day to reflect on the Creator’s goodness to the nation as a whole.  Sentimentalizing history and scripture are the first baby steps toward revising or even demolishing the same. Later on comes the Rethinking Columbus brand of multi-culti revisionism that seeks to subvert the Western cultural paradigm and remove it altogether.

Somewhere between these two spins on Thanksgiving (the bourgeois sentimentalizing of the early 1900’s and the anti–Christian one-worldism of the Multi-Culti Left) is the Liberal rewriting of the old Dutch hymn Wilt Heden Nu Treden. The song was first written in 1597 by Adrianus Valerius to celebrate a Dutch military victory against Spain. Strangely, in the original it is a martial  hymn; no harvest feasting imagery in it at all.

I learned this liberalized PC version at my  elementary school in Cambridge, MA sometime in the early 70’s. The words are still graven in my memory and I always remember them at this time of year:

“We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing

to work for a world without fear, without war.

Unite all our people, bring peace to every nation

Oh help us in our efforts; Oh Lord make us free.”

These  sentiments are all very noble and good – but they  are a man-centered deviation from the original version, a version I never heard until much later. I believe the above words are from a late 60’s or 70’s Congregational hymnal but I cannot find them anywhere online.
Here is the original English translation (1894) of Valerius’ hymn  for you to compare:

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

Having learned more about the cultural and historical context of this hymn, I appreciate its stirring poetry even more. Since I do not speak Dutch, I am unable to verify this, but apparently the original is a bit different in tone from the English translation.

Perhaps Richard Dawkins can give us a more updated and enlightened version for our own day !

May God bless you and your family. Save some turkey for the protesters out in the cold on Plymouth Rock.     Happy Thanksgiving 2011.

Editorial Cartoon by Rick McKee, Augusta Chronicle
PILGRIM PICTURE:  http://bigsislilsis.com/2008/11/27/give-thanks-and-gratitude/