Jennie Augusta Brownscombe, The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, 1914, Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Jennie Augusta Brownscombe, The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, 1914, Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts  (from here)

UPDATED WITH LINKS TO THE THOUGHTS OF OTHERS ABOUT THANKSGIVING (Don’t forget to read the post of the original text below).

What is in a name? The name of something or someone tells us something about the one who names that object or person. Thus, the name Thanksgiving Day tells us that those who named that day set that day aside as a special occasion for giving thanks to God.

Did I just provoke a “duh”? Does what I just said seem too obvious? And yet there are those who say we were never a Christian nation.

What does it mean to give thanks to God? Why should we? Check out these posts.

As the week progresses, I will add more links. So please feel free to stop by as see what’s new. Also, please use the comment section to link to the Thanksgiving Day posts that you enjoy. Note that each comment will only accept a couple of links before it goes into moderation.

Here is the latest batch (26 Nov 2015).

Here are a couple more.

  • Thanksgiving 1789 ( – – If you have never read George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, please do.
  • Thanks ( — Here the blogger speaks of thanks. When people speak of evil few observe this passage.

    Ephesians 5:15-21 New King James Version (NKJV)

    Walk in Wisdom

    15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

    17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.

    Think about verse verse 20. We are to be thankful for all things. When we think of evil, we think of the awful things that happen in this life, but God, through all things, works for the salvation of our eternal souls.

And still a couple more.

Text Of The Original Post

Here is a Thanksgiving Day post with a political bent. I suppose some will find it inappropriate, and perhaps they are right. However, we live in “interesting” times. As I look into the future I wonder how long it might be before Americans cease to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.

had an “interesting” op-ed in the Washington Times on Friday.

While France remains in a state of shock over the ISIS terrorist attacks in Paris, they are also most likely confused and disappointed over President Obama’s declaration that there will be no fundamental change to his current policy and strategy to “now contain and defeat ISIS.” During his Nov. 12 remarks in Antalya, Turkey, Mr. Obama appeared to be petulant and arrogant when responding to legitimate reporter’s questions, perhaps a “crack” in the carefully constructed veneer that has concealed his true character and now has been exposed. However, on Nov. 17, The New York Times editorial board quickly came to the rescue by declaring that Mr. Obama “hit the right tone” in his remarks.

But his remarks should leave no doubt that he has a far-reaching strategy. That strategy is embedded in his declaration to fundamentally transform America. Actually, the way we are restricting our operations in the Middle East today has its roots in America’s transformation. Those who say the administration is incompetent — are wrong. With the complicity of our congressional leadership and the mainstream media, the administration has executed their strategy brilliantly. (continued here)

Lyons goes on to make the case that President Barack Obama is a Muslim sympathizer, that his actions are illegal, unconstitutional, and treasonous. Is Lyons correct? Well, I think too much of what Obama has done is illegal, unconstitutional, and treasonous. Nonetheless, we elected that man twice. He may have gone beyond what his supporters want, but what Obama has done should not have surprised anyone.

Thus, observations of Obama’s treachery against America’s people, laws, and traditions raise a far-reaching question, one that should terrify us more than a treasonous chief executive.

What possesses so many people in this nation to support the illegal and unconstitutional acts of our treasonous president?

From time-to-time I write a post on the dangerous ideology that is multiculturalism. Why is multiculturalism dangerous? Multiculturalism posits that all cultures are equally good and have equal value. That is delusional, but many of us share that delusion. As proof, I offer the simple observation that we have not properly defended the American culture. We have not defended our culture from treacherous influences within our society or from the militant cultures outside of America. We have let people we don’t know and don’t trust teach our children and grandchildren utter nonsense.

Consider. Is there a fundamentally unique American culture of extraordinary value? Some say no, and those people argue their position fervently. However, to argue that the American of 1776 did not contain a unique and blessed people is absurd. To propose that the Americans of 1776 did not understand they were fighting for something of great value, trying to carry their culture and their beliefs into the future, requires profound blindness.

The Americans of 1776 knew they were fighting for something special, and many gave their lives in defense of the American people and our culture — our shared beliefs. Moreover, subsequent generations have done the same.  Only this generation has been foolish enough to elect a man who clearly does not love America.

So what are the fundamental pillars of multiculturalism?  Perhaps they are ignorance and arrogance. Are some people so ignorant of our history and of what has made America unique that they are only Americans by birth? Are others so self-absorbed that they think that only what they believe matters, that everything else is just the stupid ideology of ideologues? Perhaps. Yet most Americans will still joyfully celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Why? Where did this holiday come from?

With ferocious enthusiasm, some, such as our current president, proclaim America is not a Christian nation. Thanksgiving Day says it is, at least once it was. Therefore, when we sit down to eat our Thanksgiving Day meal, let us first remember to pray and give thanks. Let us remember to thank the beneficent God that gave us this wonderful country. Let’s ask Him for the wisdom to understand, to cherish and to protect what He has given us.

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campaign.pngWhen I left what follows as part of a comment here, I decided to make a post of it. The comment was about our biased news media and the disgust we have with it.

Over the years I have written numerous posts encouraging — pleading with — Christians to participate in politics. Why? We must do so because we love our God, our children, and our neighbors.

God gave us The Great Commission. Without a relatively peaceful country which permits religious freedom, we will have no place from which to spread the Gospel. If the world is full of turmoil, we will always be waiting for God’s hand to aid us. He will, but would we not be more content with the knowledge that we had done all we could to obey Him before before asking for a miracle?

The Bible calls upon us to instruct our children in the Word. We can do that better if our own government is not opposed. We can instruct our children better if our entire society does not rabidly obstruct us.

Have you read the story of the Mayflower? To escape the influences of the continent of Europe, the Pilgrims boarded a wooden ship (a boat by our standards) and crossed a great ocean. They had only a vague notion of their destination. In fact, they set up their colony hundreds of miles from where they had intended. And how they suffered! Nevertheless, they found a place where they could bring up their children as Christians. Are we willing to pay such a price? Where would we go?

As Christians, God calls upon us to love our neighbor and to look out for his welfare. Because our government now saps huge resources from our economy, we cannot ignore its role in either harming or helping our neighbor. In fact, because our government does act in our name, if our government does wrong and we do nothing about it, we become complicit.

So what about the poor quality of the news media? How can we act without good information? We shop. We look for the best sources and we compare what they say. We do the best we can.

Meanwhile, we share the Gospel. Our nation has a heart problem, and the Gospel provides the only means to heal our hearts.

Without really intending to do so, I wrote a post about the Pilgrims and why they came here. When the Pilgrims celebrated Thanksgiving, what did they thank God for? Part of it was just having enough to eat, but part of it was also having a safe place from which to worship God. It was for that that they had risked their lives.

What about those other posts? Here are some of them.

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Muslims in prostration in Syria. (from here)

H/T to The “Call To Prayer” begins at 6 AM every day in Hamtramck, Michigan! by Lines By Liming.

When I read ‘s post I decided to have a little “fun” and investigate.  This story has actually been around for awhile; it’s just that the implications continue to become more dire, but there is an amusing aspect. Consider this September 2013 story, Residents complain that ‘call to prayer’ is too loud.

The debate over the Muslim call to prayer is reverberating once again.

At last week’s city council meeting, several residents of the Hamtramck Senior Plaza apartments on Holbrook complained about the volume level of the call to prayer coming from the Ideal Islamic Center, located across from the apartment complex.

Jeanette Powell said she’s not complaining as a way to “bash anyone’s religion.”

She said the call or prayer was broadcast at 6 a.m. and found the volume “overbearing.” (continued here)

Since the Ideal Islamic Center (another name for mosque) blasts its call to prayer five times a day, I expect that those atheists, agnostics, and doubters who are hostile to religion are probably fit to be tied. However, for some reason Muslims generally don’t seem to be much concerned by the possibility of offending such people. Christians would be. Muslims? Nope!

My personal concern is that I don’t want to see my country slowly turned into an Islamic caliphate. Because I fully support defending freedom of religion, I don’t see anything to gain by allowing hordes of Muslims into our country. There are plenty of nations dominated by Muslims, and most of them vigorously deny their citizens freedom of religion.

Even The Washington Post, famed for its propensity for putting lipstick on a pigs observed:

Is it true that Islam is uniquely unreceptive to religious freedom? Comparative political science can offer some helpful perspective. An aggregate, satellite view does indeed show a dearth of religious freedom in Islam. A comparison between the world’s 47 or so Muslim-majority countries and the rest of the world – derived from measurements developed by sociologists Brian Grim and Roger Finke and undergirding the Pew Forum’s rankings on religious freedom – shows that Islam clearly has considerably lower levels of religious freedom than the rest of the world and Christian-majority countries. (from here)

When the writer came down to earth, what countries did that Washington Post article identify as religiously free?

Finally, the Muslim world also contains religiously free regimes, adding even further complexity to the negative judgment of the satellite view. Examples of such regimes include Kosovo, Djibouti, Albania, Mali, Senegal and Sierra Leone – most of them noticeably outside the Arab world. (from here)

These nations represent the tiny exceptions that prove the rule. Each of these “religiously free” countries are small nations that have historical ties to the West. All of them are also poor. Therefore, their ties with the West remain important. So it is doubtful that their governments would risk overt discrimination against non-Muslims.

Anyway, back to that call to prayer story. Here are some of the news reports. First, let’s hear from the so-called Liberal papers.

Shariahville, USA: Cities ‘surrender’ to Islam by WND and Would liberals mind living next to mosques? by The American Thinker consider a plain fact. Hamtramck, Michigan is being invaded by an alien culture. When modern Liberals (not the sort of Liberal Thomas Jefferson was) speak of diversity, what they are doing is denying our People any right to protect the culture of America. Instead, because they hate America’s culture, they insist upon “diversity,” that all cultures are equally valid. What those Liberals are doing in practice is enabling those who would destroy America’s culture. Blind to the simple fact that some cultures promote rotten beliefs, these so-called Liberals risk depriving us our rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Islam is both a religion and a political system. The political system approved by Islam is Sharia. Because Sharia is a theocratic system, it is incompatible with America’s Constitution. Hence, we have nothing whatsoever to gain by bringing people who believe in Islam into our nation. In fact, when we do so, we risk national suicide.

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bibleWhen I reblogged (here) The omnimalevolence of atheism by insanitybytes22 I just figured most of my readers would just head over to ‘s blog to see what’s so interesting. However some of my readers left some good comments. In fact, PrayThroughHistory and Allallt actually proceeded to have a good debate.

When quoted Isaiah 5:20, “woe to those who call good evil, and evil good…” (here), provided this reply.

The irony is the “those who call good evil, and evil good” rebuke is that nothing in religious philosophy protects one from making the exact same mistake.
After all, given Adam’s first sin (or was it Eve?), was it not God that scorched the earth and allowed suffering and evil and predation and misery and torture to be rife through the pages of our history (and their future)?
Was it not God that drowned its creation? That turned Lott’s wife to salt?

And religious philosophies would ask that we call that ‘good’. (from here)

Not too long ago I wrote a post on Isaiah 5:20, CALLING WHAT IS EVIL GOOD , AND WHAT IS GOOD EVIL EVIL. Based upon what I have learned from studying the Bible, I think offered a decent reply (here and here). He compared the evil that God allows to what we do when our children do wrong. When our children do wrong, don’t we punish them? If we are God’s children, should we not expect God to punish us? I would just add one thought. If there is no God, then exactly how is it that we know what is evil? We evolved an understanding of evil?

remained unsatisfied. Here is the core of what he said.

Why is the freewill of so many of us destructive? Freewill has an explanation as to its existence. Now, I suspect it is essentially an evolutionary thing. However, within religious worldviews the explanation is essentially theological. I’m not sure how one would square that; freewill can be destructive, yet (presumably) God is the explanation as to where it comes from. (from here)

Both ‘ reply (here) and ‘s counter (here) are quite instructive.

Think about eternity. Then contemplate how began his reply.

I think the stumbling block in such conversations is akin to the blind men describing the elephant. (from here)

Isn’t our understanding of God and His doings limited to a small segment of time, a tiny spot on a small planet? That’s why I wrote BLIND TO ALL BUT OUR SELF. If we make too much of what we know, we make too much of almost nothing. We can believe the Bible and hope for salvation, but to believe God is evil? What do we know that justifies such an opinion of the God who created everything, a seemingly infinite universe?

I have tackle the Problem of Evil in previous posts.

If I had the definitive answer, I suppose my posts would be famous, but that is not yet the case. I have faith that God is real and good. I hold that belief for what I think rational reasons. Nevertheless, some choose believe otherwise. Why? I think the fundamental problem is this. We tend to think we deserve the very best — when we don’t.

God holds the keys to eternity. He has no reason to share eternity with anyone who is less perfect than Himself. Why should He?

Consider one of the arguments that some people use against traditional marriage. “Who would want to spend their whole life married to the same person?” You don’t want to do that? Then what makes you think God wants to spend eternity with you?

I don’t know much about heaven. I know very little about what will happen after I die. I just know that before I am fit to spend eternity with a Holy God, that God has a great deal of work to do on me. I suppose that is why from time-to-time I think of this verse.

Philippians 1:6 New King James Version (NKJV)

being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

And if He thinks He has to spank me, my family, my friends, and my neighbors from time-to-time, then so be it. That’s still better than the alternative.

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haughty scatterwisdom has an interesting post, King Solomon, Scoffers, that ties very well with my post, ABOUT PROPER DECORUM. Therefore, if you thought my post interesting, then I expect you will also think well of ‘s post. It is about scoffers and the problems these foolish people create.

Here we will consider ‘s conclusion and elaborate upon a comment that I left at his post.

What is ‘s conclusion?

If a person mocks an opinion or an idea to resolve problems,  and does not offer his or her idea for a practical lawful solution, expel them rather than allow them to scoff and disrupt your assembly or community,

The sooner you expel a scoffer and avoid time consuming litigiousness, the sooner the strife and dissention they may cause will end.

In other words, it is wise to expel scoffers. (from here)

I see only one problem with ‘s conclusion. If we tried to expel scoffers from our assembly or community, we might find it necessary to eliminate most of the people in our assembly or community. Sadly, I think it is safe to say most of us have become to some degree scoffers, and that’s an evil thing.

Consider the proverbs (from the Book of Proverbs) in the Bible that relate to the scoffer (click on this link). Most of these proverbs relate to the problems caused by scoffers, but this one suggests what drives a scoffer.

Proverbs 21:24 New King James Version (NKJV)

24 A proud and haughty man— “Scoffer” is his name;
He acts with arrogant pride.

When we are filled with arrogant pride, we don’t care about others, and we don’t really listen to the ideas of others. We think we know it all, and anyone who disagrees we consider foolish or hostile.  That’s why the Bible speaks of scoffers as a source of trouble. For example:

Proverbs 22:10 New King James Version (NKJV)

10 Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave;
Yes, strife and reproach will cease.

Unfortunately, many of the people we elect, perhaps most, tend to be scoffers. Need proof? Review the meaning of that word, “scoff.” Is not the scoffer intentionally and habitually antagonistic? Don’t our politicians often deride and belittle those who disagree with them? Doesn’t the news media join in and encourage such behavior? Doesn’t such behavior create strife and make serious, reasoned debate almost impossible?

Yet we vitally need debate between wise people who respect each others rights and opinions. The Bible instructs us to seek such counsel.

Proverbs 1:5 New King James Version (NKJV)

A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,

In fact, the Bible encourages nations to seek leaders to seek a multitude of counselors.

Proverbs 11:14 New King James Version (NKJV)

14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

That is one of the reasons we elect legislative bodies. When our nation was first established, the legislator’s primary job was to thoughtfully debate with his peers and determine the best ways to protect the rights of all citizens and ensure the safety and security the community. Now, unfortunately, most legislators seem to think their job is to tax us and spend our money for us, and they just think us fools when we object.

How did this change in attitudes happen? Since we elect these people, it has to be our fault. When we vote we exercise a choice. We can vote for people we believe will protect the rights of all citizens and ensure the safety and security the community, or we can vote arrogantly and selfishly for someone who promises to give us what we want. The evidence suggests we have been voting for people who promise to give us what we want. Therefore, instead of wise counselors, we have chosen a multitude of proud and haughty scoffers. Hence we rarely see a thoughtful debate of the issues. Instead, we receive exhibitions of demeaning ridicule and personal attacks.

Consider. Do our candidates for high office demonstrate their own personal competence and knowledge, or do they spend the bulk of their efforts trying to destroy the reputation of their opponents? Does the news media encourage personal attacks for its “entertainment” value? Do we encourage the news media by paying attention to the personal attacks and rewarding the most clever scoffers (put down artists) with our votes?

What is the solution? To change the type of leaders we elect, we must consider our own role. Each of us must examine our own contributions as proud and haughty citizen scoffers and repent. Otherwise, as citizen hypocrites we will continue to reward proud and haughty scoffers with high office.

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King Solomon, Paris Terrorism

Citizen Tom:

Excellent approach! I just have one suggestion. I have little use for the United Nations. I don’t think the organization is effective, particularly in a military context. I think a NATO task force would be more effective. Otherwise, ISIS would infiltrate the safe zones, and they would soon cease to be safe.

Originally posted on Rudy u Martinka:

In a previous post on 9/21/2015, referenced below, I posed a question after this statement.

“President Obama is now making plans to allow Muslim Syrian refugees in the USA. Is this wise?”

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