Thanksgiving is a Religious Celebration

by Robert Arvay

As we prepare to celebrate another Thanksgiving Day, we would do well to remember what it is for which we give thanks, and to Whom we give thanks.

The Puritans were not giving thanks to the government. They were giving thanks to God. Their political constitution was the Mayflower Compact, a governing document which opened with the words, “In the name of God, Amen.” It then goes on to include the phrases, “Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith. . . .” and, “. . . in the presence of God. . . .”

Despite the efforts of modern educators (or indoctrinators) to conceal these facts, the success of the United States as a great nation is not due to its government, but to the faith of its people in God, and not just any God, but the God of the Bible.

Had the nation been founded by Moslems, there would be no Bill of Rights, no freedom of religion, no free speech, and none of the secular policies that American secularists advocate. To say that we are a Christian nation is to state a vital and significant truth about our country.

Separation of church and state is an important policy, but its definition has been distorted to mean separation of religious principle from government policy. There is nothing in the First Amendment that says that freedom of religion does not apply on government property. It applies everywhere. The First Amendment prohibits government favoring one denomination over another: it was never intended to favor atheism over theism.

Public schools across the nation are doing exactly that, forbidding not only overt prayer, but suppressing any word or phrase that even indirectly gives credit to God. Founding documents of our nation that explicitly mention our Creator are downplayed, or even omitted entirely from the curriculum.

The United States is not governed by a theocracy. There never was any danger that it would be, not even when daily prayers and Bible readings were the norm in public, government-run schools. Today, the same people who rant about religious diversity are trying to force the pseudo-religion of secular atheism upon a public that overwhelmingly believes in God. When they are not doing that, they are introducing Islam into the school curriculum, despite that its laws despise freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and women’s rights.

Thanksgiving is not turkey day. It is a religious holy day. It is a day set aside to give special thanks to the God of Abraham, Who through His miracles and inspiration founded this nation. When we forget that, we forfeit His blessings.

“In the name of God, Amen.”

Robert Arvay is a Contributing Writer to The Patriot’s Notepad

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