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-Again, President Obama Forgets to Thank God on Thanksgiving?

by Dr. D ~ November 23rd, 2012

For the fourth straight year, President Obama forgot to thank God in his Thanksgiving message to the country. The first time might have been an oversight but now it can only be characterized as intentional:

For us, like so many of you, this is a day full of family and friends; food and football.  It’s a day to fight the overwhelming urge to take a nap – at least until after dinner.  But most of all, it’s a time to give thanks for each other, and for the incredible bounty we enjoy.

That’s especially important this year.  As a nation, we’ve just emerged from a campaign season that was passionate, noisy, and vital to our democracy.  But it also required us to make choices – and sometimes those choices led us to focus on what sets us apart instead of what ties us together; on what candidate we support instead of what country we belong to.

Thanksgiving is a chance to put it all in perspective – to remember that, despite our differences, we are, and always will be, Americans first and foremost.  …

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Response: Interestingly, the President is still in a ‘campaign mode’ and still seems to be fixated on the recent election. A nightmare that a lot of us would like to forget about. Then he goes on to present a ‘politically correct’ version of what we should all be thankful for this year with God and freedom of religion mentioned only in passing.

In contrast, here are a few quotes from President George Washington’s first Thanksgiving Proclamation to a thankful nation in 1789:

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor–

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced…

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions—…

To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go: Washington

It is impossible to separate ‘thankfulness’ to God from Washington’s message- God in his proclamation is not merely mentioned in passing but is at the very center of the entire endeavor and purpose of the celebration in the first place.                *Top

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