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Gayle in MD
11-25-2010, 09:04 AM
http://www.classicallibrary.org/lincoln/thanksgiving.htm

Proclamation Establishing Thanksgiving Day

October 3, 1863



The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.

A. Lincoln

cushioncrawler
11-25-2010, 05:07 PM
Iz Thanxgiving of any value to atheists???????
Iz Thanxgiving of any value to Godests, if God duznt exist???????
Shood Thanx ever be Given in a shitty year???????
If Abe kood hav a Thanxgiving during the civil war -- how bad to things need to be before u dont giv thanx????????
Iz Thanxgiving constitutional????????
mac.

Deeman3
11-25-2010, 08:51 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: cushioncrawler</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Iz Thanxgiving of any value to atheists???????

Two days off for a long weekend. Extra football games?

Iz Thanxgiving of any value to Godests, if God duznt exist???????

it has provennto be the second highest period for suicides each year.

Shood Thanx ever be Given in a shitty year???????

No, I guess not if one has absolutely no reason for being thankful for anything.

If Abe kood hav a Thanxgiving during the civil war -- how bad to things need to be before u dont giv thanx????????

I've never had a year that bad, so far.

Iz Thanxgiving constitutional????????
mac. </div></div>

Probably not but the ACLU has pretty much left it alone. I am sure, given time, it will become an issue. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Gayle in MD
11-26-2010, 01:14 AM
Gee Mac...don't know...I just know that Abraham Lincoln's beautiful words, always seem appropriate, even after all these years.

g.

Gayle in MD
11-26-2010, 01:15 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Deeman3</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: cushioncrawler</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Iz Thanxgiving of any value to atheists???????

Two days off for a long weekend. Extra football games?

Iz Thanxgiving of any value to Godests, if God duznt exist???????

it has provennto be the second highest period for suicides each year.

Shood Thanx ever be Given in a shitty year???????

No, I guess not if one has absolutely no reason for being thankful for anything.

If Abe kood hav a Thanxgiving during the civil war -- how bad to things need to be before u dont giv thanx????????

I've never had a year that bad, so far.

Iz Thanxgiving constitutional????????
mac. </div></div>

Probably not but the ACLU has pretty much left it alone. I am sure, given time, it will become an issue. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif </div></div>

Let's hope not...

sack316
11-26-2010, 09:30 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: cushioncrawler</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Iz Thanxgiving of any value to atheists???????
Iz Thanxgiving of any value to Godests, if God duznt exist???????</div></div>

given that it is not technically a religious holiday and everyone has something to be thankful for, I'm sure they do. The atheists I know do, anyway. Maybe they thank science for a bountiful harvest /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: cushioncrawler</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Shood Thanx ever be Given in a shitty year???????</div></div>

Sure. If you're alive to even have a shitty year, then there's at least one thing to be thankful for.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: cushioncrawler</div><div class="ubbcode-body">
Iz Thanxgiving constitutional????????
mac. </div></div>

Why wouldn't it be?


Sack

Chopstick
11-26-2010, 10:26 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gayle in MD</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Gee Mac...don't know...I just know that Abraham Lincoln's beautiful words, always seem appropriate, even after all these years.

g. </div></div>

Abraham Lincoln (R) /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

LWW
11-26-2010, 12:05 PM
Lincoln was a tyrant and the media has made his story a mythological tale which has no resemblance to actual histor ... which probably explains why the left loves the guy.

LWW

cushioncrawler
11-26-2010, 06:07 PM
I hav been thinking that the civil war woz a bad idea (at the time). I think it woz Lincoln's idea (not important). Two united states might hav worked very well (one haznt worked very well).

But i wonder if it iz constitutional for theusofa gov to officially do anything that favors one god over another god, or any god over no-god.
And u karnt get more official than declaring a holiday -- ie a Holy Day -- unless u called it something else -- or unless u allso had a special day for Atheists.
But what would u call a holiday for atheists??? -- diffikult.
mac.

sack316
11-26-2010, 06:10 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: cushioncrawler</div><div class="ubbcode-body">
But what would u call a holiday for atheists??? -- diffikult.
mac. </div></div>

Considering the origin of the word, I wouldn't imagine "holiday" would be used at all /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

Sack

Gayle in MD
11-26-2010, 09:24 PM
Yep, there used to be some good ones around, lol. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

cushioncrawler
11-27-2010, 05:45 AM
When i went to Christian Brother's School, we had more holidays than the protestant schools -- great.
One time me and my Christian mates were hanging round on a holiday, and the fuzz pulled up and asked whey we werent at school.
mac.