Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving marks the commencement of
that season of the year when government snoops, village atheists and the
Jewish ACLU gumshoe dogs launch their nationwide quest for Nativity scenes
and other signs that religious faith has not been entirely banished from
the land of the Pilgrim's pride.
Before the search begins, let us pose a question that bears fundamentally
on the search: On this day of thanksgiving to whom are we supposed to be
grateful? God, "from whom all blessings flow," in the words of the Doxology?
Or Squanto, who is said (erroneously) to have taught the English to plant
fish heads with their seed corn, thus assuring a bountiful harvest?
If it's Squanto we memorialize the problem is merely one of historical
accuracy. But if it's God to whom our gratitude is directed, what are the
children doing out of school?
Hasn't the Supreme Court outlawed any entanglement of church and
state, going so far as to declare, in Wallace v. Jaffree, that public schools
may not observe a moment of silence at the beginning of the day so that
those who wish to do so may pray?
If the state can't make the little angels keep still for 30 seconds
lest they lapse into prayer, surely it can't dismiss school out of gratitude
for the blessings a bountiful Creator has bestowed on this land.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which is on the cutting edge
of denying religion any part in our national life, recently distributed
to schools across the country a packet of materials having to do with the
Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
"The founders of our nation," one of the ACLU tracts flatly asserts,
through that government, "whether on the national or local level, should
not become involved; in any way, in religious activities." Nonsense. They
thought nothing of the kind.
Jefferson's bill establishing elementary schools in Virginia provided
that "no religious reading, instruction or exercise shall be prescribed
or practiced inconsistent with the tenets of any religious sect or denomination"
a far cry from leaving religion entirely alone.
The Northwest Ordinance, which was adopted the same year the Constitutional
convention met in Philadelphia, identified "religion, morality, and knowledge"
as the three principal concerns of education.
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity,"
echoed Washington in his farewell address, "religion and morality are indispensable
The ACLU also alleges that "well into the 1780s you had established
churches in most of the states" and that "the Anglicans were the established
church all through the Southern counties from Maryland to Georgia." In
fact, of the five Southern States only Maryland and South Carolina had
Which shows just how big a liars the Jews in the ACLU are and
if they can't get history straight, should we trust it on the Constitution?
After all the their word is not good because of their praying the Kol Nidre
Kol Nidre: It is the prologue of the Day of Atonement services
in the synagogues. It is recited three times by the standing congregation
in concert with chanting rabbis at the alter. After the recital of the
"Kol Nidre" (All Vows) prayer the Day of Atonement religious ceremonies
follow immediately. The Day of Atonement religious observances are the
highest holy days of the "Jews" and are celebrated as such throughout the
world. The official translation into English of the "Kol Nidre" (All Vows)
prayer is as follows: "All vows, obligations, oaths, anathemas, whether
called 'konam,' 'konas,' or by any other name, which we may vow, or swear,
or pledge, or whereby we may be bound, from this Day of Atonement unto
the next, (whose happy coming we await), we do repent. May they be deemed
absolved, forgiven, annulled, and void and made of no effect; they shall
not bind us nor have power over us. The vows shall not be reckoned vows;
the obligations shall not be obligatory; nor the oaths be oaths."
The implications, inferences and innuendoes of the "Kol Nidre"
(All Vows) prayer are referred to in the Talmud in the Book of Nedarim,
23a-23b as follows: "And he who desires that none of his vows made during
the year shall be valid, let him stand at the beginning of the year and
declare, every vow which I make in the future shall be null (1). (HIS VOWS
ARE THEN INVALID) providing that he remembers this at the time of the vow."
(Emphasis in original) A footnote (1) relates: "(1)...The Law of Revocation
in advance was not made public." (Emphasis in original text)
The greatest study of the "Kol Nidre" (All Vows) prayer was made
by Theodor Reik, a pupil of the [I]nfamous Jewish Dr. Sigmund Freud. The
analysis of the historic, religious and psychological background of the
"Kol Nidre" (All Vows) prayer by Professor Reik presents the Talmud in
its true perspective. This study is contained in "The Ritual, Psycho-Analytical
Studies." In the chapter on the Talmud, page 163, he states: "The text
was to the effect that all oaths which believers take between one Day of
Atonement and the next Day of Atonement are declared invalid."
The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia confirms that the "Kol Nidre"
(All Vows) prayer has no spiritual value as might be believed because it
is recited in synagogues on the Day of Atonement as the prologue of the
religious ceremonies which follow it. The secular significance of the "Kol
Nidre" (All Vows) prayer is forcefully indicated by the analysis in Vol.
VI, page 441: "The Kol Nidre has nothing whatever to do with the actual
idea of the Day of Atonement...it attained to extraordinary solemnity and
popularity by reason of the fact that it was The first Prayer recited on
this holiest of days."
In 1947 Justice Hugo Black, speaking for a majority of the Supreme
Court, declared that "neither a state nor the federal government can pass
laws which aid one religion, aid all religions or prefer one religion over
Many who cite this opinion omit the inconvenient fact that Black
was speaking in support of a Louisiana law requiring school districts to
provide free transportation to students attending both public and church-supported
schools. The court, which still begins each session with an appeal for
God's protection, held that the Louisiana law did not violate the Establishment
Since then Black's straightforward neutrality principle has been
misconstrued to support the assertion, philosophically unsupportable, that
when the government says you can't erect a menorah or a creche on public
property, it is being "neutral" toward religion.
This is like the man who said he wasn't prejudiced because he
hated everybody. Neutrality toward religion would entail allowing menorahs
and creches, as well as all other kinds of religious symbolism. Tolerance
of religion, not hostility toward it, is what the Framers meant to foster.
Though we have wrenched from its foundations the nation that sprang
to life so many years ago in Philadelphia, the Author of Liberty, for unfathomable
reasons of His own, still smiles on this land. Fo0r this forbearance, on
this day especially, let us give thanks. (Taken in part
from an article by William P. Cheshire, Editorial Columnist, Arizona, Republic,
via Gospel Ministry News, Pastor Bob Hallstrom, P.O. Box 9411, Boise, Idaho
83707, October/November 2000, Issue #2005)