Confusion Over Celebration
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Posted by:JOHN W. RODGERS
As we sit down to our Thanksgiving dinners this year, what are we giving thanks for? The pilgrims, who came to the new world looking for freedom from religious oppression and the squelching of their liberties, certainly knew why they were giving thanks. Are we in America experiencing many of the same things these early settlers felt in New England?
Our Founding Fathers also understood what it meant to feel the pressure of a system of government constraining the freedoms they were beginning to become accustomed to. Is political correctness becoming a standard by which we cater to the minority in detriment to the majority?
Dr. Ben Carson, in his book “America the Beautiful,” sums up political correctness succinctly. “Rather than spending so much time trying to figure out how not to offend people, it would be wonderful if we expended energy on teaching people not to be offended when someone offers a different opinion. Our emphasis should not be on unanimity of speech and thought, but rather on learning to be respectful and courteous to those with different opinions. I am fond of saying that if two people think and say the same thing about everything, then one of them is not necessary.”
Along those same lines are we as a country trying to remove from public thought what made this country great? In trying to distance ourselves from God, are we forgetting the principles which this great nation were founded? From Christopher Columbus to the Founding Fathers, these men had a deep belief that God would provide.
When I sit down with my family for Thanksgiving dinner, I will be thankful for all the sacrifices those before us have made, many of whom paid the ultimate price for our great country. I will also pray that we continue to be “one nation under God.”
JOHN W. RODGERS