The real meaning of Thanksgiving – Read the first Thanksgiving Proclamation / Thanksgiving proclamations of Presidents Washington, Lincoln and the most recent / For Thanksgiving, the Ground Zero mosque organizers want our tax dollars / Our new Internet store has thousands of Christmas items / No real Christmas for Iraqi Christian refugees …
This special Thanksgiving update replaces the regular end of week Legislative Update that would have been distributed on Friday, November 26, 2010
A PSALM OF THANKSGIVING
1 Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.
3 Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations. Psalm 100 -NKJV
REAL MEANING OF THANKSGIVING – The documents below clearly show the meaning of Thanksgiving as intended by the nation’s Founders. Today in most public schools God is not mentioned, and Thanksgiving becomes an historical event rather than a Christian celebration of thanks to God. Please pass the document links on to others or print them out for distribution.
The First Thanksgiving Proclamation – Read here
Continental Congress 1777 Thanksgiving Proclamation – Read here
George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation – Read here
Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation – Read here
CURRENT PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION – in 2009 President Obama was broadly criticized for a very short Thanksgiving proclamation with no specific message of “thanks.” This year the President’s Thanksgiving proclamation first thanked, “Native Americans, whose skill in agriculture helped the early colonists survive, and whose rich culture continues to add to our Nation’s heritage.” Obama did get around to mentioning God in the third paragraph.
THE HOUSE AND SENATE
CONGRESS IN RECESS – The House and Senate is in holiday recess the entire week and will reconvene on Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
CHRISTIAN ORNAMENTS FOR CHRISTMAS? What a novel idea … An entire Christmas store focused on Christ instead of on “Black Friday.” Our Christian Internet store carries tens of thousands of items including foods, books, CDs, DVD’s, and much more. Please visit our Christmas store!
RELIGION AND CULTURE
THE GROUND ZERO MOSQUE – just days before Americans bow their heads to thank a loving God for the nation’s prosperity, the Muslims who want to build a mosque (rabat) at Ground Zero requested funds from the government to assist in its construction. The mosque is in the wrong place and this was the wrong time of year for Muslims to ask for tax dollars for this project. In a further insult, NBC news named the developer, Sharif el-Gamal a “person of the year.”Read more.
OUR TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN – Anyone who has served in the Armed Services knows how important the USO is. This is the organization that brings entertainers to Iraq and Afghanistan. Without the USO many of our service men and women would have no social lives at all in places like Afghanistan. As Christmas nears you may want to assist the USO in their work. More information. IRAQI CHRISTIAN REFUGEES – As Christmas approaches please consider helping Iraqi Christian refugees in Jordan and Syria. Visit the Religious Freedom Coalition’s special Facebook.com site for more information!
OUR CHRISTIAN INTERNET STORE – We have lots of great stuff for Christmas at our Internet store. Not only are there books and CD’s, but everything from candy to jewelry and all of it has a Christian theme. Unlike Amazon and other major Internet stores we do not sell porn and satanic materials right beside Christian books. Ours is a real Christian store with tens of thousands of items. Please take a look. The store is located at www.rfcstore.com.