Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Re-Writing Thanksgiving History

I read today on Michelle Malkin's blog about how students across Maryland are taught about the Thanksgiving holiday with a prohibition against thanking God.

"We teach about Thanksgiving from a purely historical perspective, not from a religious perspective," said Charles Ridgell, St. Mary's County Public Schools curriculum and instruction director.

If this is true, how do the educators in Maryland explain the Pilgrim's decision to leave England...a three-hour-tour gone awry like Gilligan and company?

How do they explain Bradford's original Thanksgiving proclamation, Maryland's own day of Thanksgiving in 1634 (a mass held in St. Mary's County), George Washington's declaration of Thanksgiving in 1789, and Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving proclamation of 1863?

Lincoln said in his proclamation,

"No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People."

By excluding God from their Thanksgiving lesson plans, educators aren't just being politically correct, they're rewriting history.