Giving Thanks in America

Is Thanksgiving as a holiday doomed to oblivion? Or will only the name be changed to something more appropriate for our changed nation and society?

I oft times wonder how long it can be before someone, somewhere will take to the American courts to have the national Thanksgiving holiday declared unconstitutional. After all, giving thanks for blessings is an act of supplication to the Almighty, an act that has been publicly banned now for a long time in our secular society.

However, the feeling of gratitude has been a part of our national character since its very founding. After the Declaration of Independence, the American Congress proclaimed days of fasting and of thanksgiving annually throughout the Revolutionary War. The first proclamation by Congress was dated May 17, 1776, calling for a “day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer” throughout the colonies. Congress urged fellow citizens to “confess and bewail our manifold sins and transgressions, and by a sincere repentance and amendment of life, appease his [God’s] righteous displeasure, and through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, obtain his pardon and forgiveness.” Massachusetts ordered a “suitable Number” of the proclamations printed so “that each of the religious Assemblies in this Colony, may be furnished with a Copy of the same” and added the motto “God Save This People” as a substitute for “God Save the King.”

Thanksgiving Day 1620-2005

Congressional Fast Day Proclamation, March 16, 1776

Thanksgiving Proclamation from a Wartime President

We Gather Together

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4 Responses to Giving Thanks in America

  1. frizztext says:

    my personal THANKSGIVING goes to you, dear Edna, helping me in far away Germany, to participate on those great American internet pools flickr.com and wordpress.com
    thanks for your testimonial, your comments to my photographies and for your feedbacks to my questions refering to worldpress.com – the last one, how to upload flickr-pics to wordpress at http://frizztext.wordpress.com/2006/12/20/3/#comments

  2. Kerfuffles says:

    You are welcome, FrizzText. If only I could understand German, I could read many more of your prolific writings on the Internet. However, gratitude is the great secret to life’s happiness. I am grateful for you too, FrizzText, my Flickr Friend. ~~Neddy

  3. Antibush says:

    Bush and the Republicans were not protecting us on 9-11, and we aren’t a lot safer now. We may be more afraid due to george bush, but are we safer? Being fearful does not necessarily make one safer. Fear can cause people to hide and cower. What do you think? Is killing thousands of innocent civilians okay when you are doing a little government makeover?
    Are we safer today than we were before?
    The more people that the government puts in jails, the safer we are told to think we are. The real terrorists are wherever they are, but they aren’t living in a country with bars on the windows. We are.

  4. Kerfuffles says:

    If you live free, be grateful. If you live in bondage, say a prayer or fight for freedom. It is all up to you.

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