Happy Thanksgiving right back at ya Gord! Hope the turkey is perfect and the taters are creamy smooth! I just had my slice of pie and am now looking for a quiet place to curl up with my bottle of Redbreast....
Lets not forget what America was founded on, the Magna Carta! Today, I am thankful for all God has given me, but I am not confused by the sickenly decieving image of the Indians feeding the pilgrams. Today, lets honor the tens of thousands who died on the Trail of Tears. This is the only day I refuse to eat turkey, it is the flesh of the Indians, who didn't stand a chance.
Even in the initial stages of contact between European Christians and
Native Indian people the stage was set for ethnocentrism, and the
attitude towards the Indians was that of Christian superiority. The
Indians were read a proclamation in Spanish which they had no hope of
understanding, they had no hope of understanding the death sentence they
were being read, and it went something like this:
"We ask and require you to acknowledge the church as the ruler and
superior of the whole world and the high priest called pope and in his
name the king of Spain as lords of this land. If you submit we shall
receive you in all love and charity and shall leave you, your wives and
children and your lands free without servitude, but if you do not submit
we shall powerfully enter into your country and shall make war against
you, we shall take you and your wives and your children and shall make
slaves of them and we shall take away your goods and shall do you all
the harm and damage we can."