Monthly Archives: November 2010
|Deconstructing the Myths of “The First Thanksgiving”|
|This picture — a reproduction of an early 20th century oil painting by J.L.G. Ferris on display at the library of Congress — is the image most present day Americans have of the first Thanksgiving between the European settlers and Wampanoag Indians at Plimoth Plantation (now Plymouth, MA). One glance and it’s clear to see how thankful Samoset, Squanto and the entire Wampanoag nation must have been to know they would not starve that winter because they now shared their land with kind, benevolent and generous friends like Edward Winslow. It’s such a beautiful painting, it’s almost disappointing to know it isn’t true!|
|Military Funeral Protestors Choose Wrong Funeral!
If you want to know what happens when you pursue a foolish cause and compound it by fooling with the wrong people in the wrong town, then just ask the members of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, KS.They found out first hand when they decided to crash the funeral of Army Sgt. Jason James McCluskey, of nearby McAlester, to protest what they say is America’s un-godly tolerance of homosexuality. After finishing their picket sign wielding “God Hates America” protest they found themselves in the precarious position of having to face off with a crowd of over 1,000 Anti-protestor protestors and required the protective services of more than two dozen law-enforcement officers – state troopers, sheriff’s deputies and local police as they hobbled their way out of town!
I don’t know if God hates America, but I know someone in McAlester, KS didn’t like the tires on their mini-van.
Bet the word Exodus has a brand new meaning for them now!