Who or what are some people thanking on Thanksgiving? A sign at an elementary school caught my attention. It read, “Bless America.” The question that came to mind was, “Who or what are they calling on to bless America?” Even with the unabashed call for God to bless America, there is no specific God in mind. Is it Aristotle’s “Unmoved Mover”? How about Jefferson’s absentee landlord god?

What are children told about Thanksgiving in our nation’s government (public) schools? Ancient fish that evolutionists claim are our grandmothers? “Grandmother Fish is the first book to teach evolution to preschoolers.” Are children to thank the molecules that sprung into existence and evolved from “the primal goo to you”?

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Grove City College Professor Paul Kengor recalls a conversation he “had with a friend who works in the children’s section at Barnes & Noble” and “regularly briefs [him] on the latest political correctness and rank secularism pervading today’s books.”

She told him that in all the books on Thanksgiving, only one mentioned that God was the one being thanked.

Kengor asked her, “What are they giving thanks to?”

“They’re just thankful,” she said vaguely. “They’re simply thankful.”

“Thankful for what?” Kengor asked.

She again emphasized: “They’re just thankful.”

Thanksgiving’s Beginnings

Kengor asked her, “What are they giving thanks to?”

Thanksgiving’s Beginnings

In 1777, Congress issued a proclamation for a day of thanksgiving. A day was to be set aside for “solemn thanksgiving and praise.” The proclamation called upon all citizens to “join the penitent confession of their manifold sins,” and to offer “their humble and earnest supplication that it may please God through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of remembrance.”

On Thursday, September 24, 1789, the first House of Representatives voted to recommend–in its exact wording–the First Amendment of the newly drafted Constitution to the states for ratification. The next day, Congressman Elias Boudinot from New Jersey proposed that the House and Senate jointly request of President Washington to proclaim a day of thanksgiving for “the many signal favors of Almighty God.” Boudinot said that he “could not think of letting the session pass over without offering an opportunity to all the citizens of the United States of joining, with one voice, in returning to Almighty God their sincere thanks for the many blessings he had poured down upon them.”1

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