It’s open season for hunting Thanksgiving “myths”, seems like. And in this upside down inside-out world we have to live in today, it seems a lot of phony experts on the subject are attacking the good parts of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The took on the label of “History News Network”, but who writes history, after all?
Nevertheless, “We can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth”, as Paul the Apostle said.
One thing these people always ignore is the fact that Christians have had celebrations of Thanksgiving with great frequency throughout these two millenia, and devout worshipers before that. The ones that are associated with historical events are the ones that make it to history books. Christmas and Resurrection Day (aka Easter) have always been occasions for the events they represent as well.
Okay, here we go with their list.
Counterpoint #1. (“The Pilgrims held the first thanksgiving”)
Some of our history books when I was in grade school said the Pilgrims held the first Thanksgiving. These “history” writers never said word one about why anybody would have considered it the first significant celebration with giving of thanks, as a hallmark in American cultural history.
The Pilgrims did indeed celebrate the abundant harvest of their second harvest in America.
There are two major reasons that modern militantly secularist “liberal” writers want to move the Thanksgiving of the Pilgrims down in significance and even associate it with the pejorative word “myth”. One, the Pilgrims gave thanks to GOD, not the Indians, but the second reason is that they gave thanks for the peaceful relationship they had with the Indians.
One story has it that the Indians were not invited to share their day of bounty by the Pilgrims but that the Indians happened to show up that day and just happened upon the banquet. This is another attempt to debunk the old story, but all it does is add a detail. What difference does it make? The Indians were invited to share in the banquet and giving of thanks all the same…
Counterpoint #2. “Thanksgiving was about family”
Everybody knows that the “first Thanksgiving”, meaning the feast of the Pilgrims of history, was a community event. We all know that. This was never a myth.
However, Thanksgiving today has indeed become a time to be with family, and in many cases, extended family. Families are good. People who hate Christ also hate family. It’s a Gramschi tactic to debunk the idea of family wherever they can. Karl Marx made abolishing marriage part of his Communist Manifesto platform, Hillary Clinton wrote in a college thesis that marriage was slavery, and Gramschi said Communists would have to win the people of the West by attacking Western morality, not by arguing their point of view.
Counterpoint #3 “Thanksgiving was about religion”
Here we find one of the stupidest sentences in the whole article: ” if Thanksgiving had been about religion, the Pilgrims never would have invited the Indians to join them.”
That sentence had to be written by somebody who either (1) knows nothing about what “evangelical” means, or (2) knows what “evangelical” means but is totally ignorant about it.
He also does not know what he is talking about, as a historical matter, because the Pilgrims included in the Mayflower Compact a list of their purpose in coming to this “new land”, and one of those reasons was precisely to bring the Gospel to a new land.
Counterpoint #4 “The Pilgrims ate turkey”
So what if they didn’t eat turkey. We eat turkey today as a traditional dish on Thanksgiving.
The authors of this web page sometimes give us a reminder that what people think they remember in the government indoctrination centers (aka “public schools”) was not true to all details.
This point, instead of calling it a “myth”, they could have just added it to what we know about historical thanksgiving celebrations. The images they debunk with this piont were put there by multitudes of cartoonish drawings of the Pilgrims’ feasts. It was repeated with my children’s Thanksgiving materials they received in the 1990s, except that now it seems based on those materials, they make up a cartoon in which the Pilgrims are buffoons.
Counterpoint #5 “Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock”
Provincetown also claims the honor. Plymouth Rock as the landing site is testimony from a very aged man who was born two years after the landing. It may or may not be the place.
Counterpoint #6 “Pilgrims lived in log cabins”
I don’t remember this “myth”. Was this a big “myth”, or is this point “much ado about nothing”. (Thank you Shakespeare)
Counterpoint #7. “Pilgrims dressed in black”.
The Pilgrims have generally been shown in drawings and paintings wearing clothing in black color.
Counterpoint #8 Pilgrims, Puritans, same thing?
The author came late to this party. But they are wrong on one little thing here. The Pilgrims were members of the Separatists, and the Separatists were considered one of the two “factions” of the Puritans in England. Many Puritans wanted to work within the Church of England to reform it, but the Separatists said “Come out of her, my people”. Many of those Separatists moved to Holland to escape the persecution in England. In Holland they enjoyed the freedom to live as they thought right, and some years later many of those Separatists decided to take the Gospel to the Americas.
Counterpoint #9 Puritans hated sex?
The author demonstrates with statements that the exact opposite is true. Some of them may have abstained but the writer gives us the example of one member who was expelled from the congregation, kicked out, for refusing to have relations with his wife for two years.
That would be a more appropriate criticism of the Roman Catholic doctrine of celibacy for priests, one of their most heinous unbiblical practices, actually condemned in the Bible itself for bishops.
Counterpoint #10 Puritans hated fun? NOT!
This is INDEED a bad myth, and it is a myth that does need busting! In fact one part of this paragraph bears quoting:
As Carl Degler long ago observed,”The Sabbatarian, antiliquor, and antisex attitudes usually attributed to the Puritans are a nineteenth-century addition to the much more moderate and wholesome view of life’s evils held by the early settlers of New England.” – See more at: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/406#sthash.pQMXHeDm.dpuf
They did dress in bright colors, too. According to students of their history, their houses were full of laughter.