A holiday for giving thanks
Even though it is not in the cultures of either the country of my birth or my adopted home, I still quite like the idea of having a day to think about what you are thankful for (it’s nice to have a break from all the moaning) but……..
Lionizing Puritans disgusts me
The pilgrim fathers were puritans and to see them portrayed in the nicer than nice way of their Hollywood image sickens me to the very core. Puritans were an evil bunch on intolerant, religious extremists, with a great belief in the use of such things as violence, torture, genocide and a whole range of nasty and unreasonable measures to impose their way of life on those unwilling to agree with their beliefs. These people are often portrayed as a minority religious group fighting for their way of life and so they were, in exactly the same way that Al-Qaeda are now. It is especially upsetting to see small children encouraged to put on plays about these oppressive extremists. What is next on the school drama club list of performances? “Hitler, what a nice guy”.
So what is the point of my little rant? Well I think what I am trying to say is that I do like what this celebration has become but I think that people should take a closer look at the evil minded, hate filled, folk who landed at Plymouth Rock (that’s disputed too) and stop saying how good they were.
What am I thankful for?
That I have the freedom of speech that would have been denied to me, if people like The Pilgrim Fathers ruled my part of the world.
You know I cannot think of a good reason for posting that last image apart from that I like it and it feels appropriate.