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Students Free to Thank Anybody, Except God

FOXNews.com – U.S. & World – Students Free to Thank Anybody, Except God: “‘We teach about Thanksgiving from a purely historical perspective, not from a religious perspective,’ said Charles Ridgell, St. Mary’s County Public Schools curriculum and instruction director.”First, the obvious. Leaving God out of the Pilgrim Thanksgiving is not historical. It distorts history. Pilgrims were here in order to be Christian. They were very, very dedicated Christians. They were even part of the religious right of their day. Talking about Thanksgiving without talking about the Christian religion is like talking about Christmas without mentioning Jesus.Religion is not toxic waste. Talking about it in public school is not evil. Mentioning what people believed is not evangelism. I managed to read the Koran without becoming Moslem. Students can hear the truth about the Pilgrims without being lured to Calvinism. Most Americans have been and are Christians. Christian ideas have dominated our life as a nation. Failure to teach this is to lie about history. This curriculum director is either a bigot or ill informed. I prefer to think him ill informed.Second, the troubling. This sort of outrage happens all the time. We roll our eyes and assume the perps are punished. However, they are not punished. Generations of American kids do not know the nation’s religious heritage. They have not read Lincoln’s actual speeches, shot through with Biblical and divine arguments. They cannot understand Bryan’s “Cross of Gold” speech. They do not know the religious motives of abolition.Religious people should remove people who lie about American history to advance their own agenda. They should take back schools funded with their tax money. Such schools should never be sectarian, but should tell the truth about this most religious nation on Earth.Yet the one thing I have discovered is that the Salem Witch Trials, with their religious motivations, is always taught. This tiny historical event is almost always mentioned.Why are they lying to our students?

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