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Excuse Me: The Pilgrims Were Not Like ISIS

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On Thanksgiving Day, a notoriously progressive newspaper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, ran an editorial that outrageously likened the iconic Pilgrims to ISIS. The anonymous author(s) claimed that their suggested revised narrative of the origin story of the American people …

at least the immigrant population that over 400 years has come to dominance

… is truthful, citing as their source a television program on the also notoriously progressive PBS.

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Thanksgiving Lessons

Following are excerpts from A Thanksgiving Lesson, by Chip Wood: [emphasis added to quotes]

Did you know that our Pilgrim forefathers tried communism when they first landed at Plymouth Rock? …

The Pilgrims who arrived at Plymouth Rock in 1620 were incredibly brave and hardy souls. They were motivated by the noblest of virtues. They vowed, each and every one, to be as selfless as possible—to always put the needs of the group first. They agreed to own everything in common and to share everything equally.

And their naïve piety almost killed the entire colony. …

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! Open Thread.

© Miri WTPOTUS November 24, 2011

Today we take time to thank our Creator for all of our blessings, chief among them the privilege of being citizens of the greatest country on Earth.  Let us bow our heads in gratitude for our precious Republic. 

Thank you, Lord, for the United States of America where freedom reigns, forever, with Your guidance and help.

We here at WTPOTUS are thankful for our readers, commenters, fellow bloggers, and friends.  We are also thankful for the opposition, because they make us think and keep us on our toes.  As Greg Laurie recently wrote:

Sometimes what we think of today as bad may be ultimately good, because it changes who we are – for the better. And sometimes what we think of as good can be bad because it causes us to forget God and instead trust in ourselves. … [To] give thanks regardless of your circumstances requires the realization that God is wiser than you are. He is always dealing with you for your best eternal good. He will sort everything out. It is not for us to fret over.

It is, however, for us to persevere. And so we shall. 

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! 

Keep the faith.  Endure. 

Open thread.  If you like, in keeping with the spirit of the Day, please share with us your favorite recipe, or the typical Thanksgiving menu at your home, or your favorite Thanksgiving tradition.   God bless all of you, and God bless the United States of America.

A Thanksgiving Lesson


(Open Thread)

November 20, 2009
by Chip Wood

Did you know that our Pilgrim forefathers tried communism when they first landed at Plymouth Rock?

How’s that for a dramatic beginning to a story? Years ago, when I used to give a lot of talks to high school classes, this was one of my favorites. It always got the students’ attention. And I have to admit, I also enjoyed seeing some liberal teachers get so upset with me they almost lost their lunches.

Here’s the story I told those students in those long-ago presentations.

The Pilgrims who arrived at Plymouth Rock in 1620 were incredibly brave and hardy souls. They were motivated by the noblest of virtues. They vowed, each and every one, to be as selfless as possible—to always put the needs of the group first. They agreed to own everything in common and to share everything equally.

And their naïve piety almost killed the entire colony.

We all know how the adventure begins. A group of devout Christians, seeking religious freedom for themselves and eager to “advance the Gospel of the Kingdom of Christ” in the New World, sets sail from Plymouth, England in 1620. An investment consortium known as the Merchant Adventurers of London paid the expenses for the trip, including chartering the Mayflower and its 40-man crew.

The deal was simple: The Pilgrims agreed to establish a colony in northern Virginia where they would plant crops, fish the waters and hunt in the forests. They would return a certain percentage of each year’s bounty to London until their debt had been repaid. Continue reading