Last modified on 26 November 2009, at 20:15


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No religion in Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving as a harvest festival has nothing to do with religion [1], so I think we should get rid of the words "to the Lord" in the first sentence.--Blinkadyblink 15:16, 18 November 2007 (EST)

And likewise we should also edit out the Pilgrims' references to "Almighty God", as well as similar statements made by the Berkely Plantation, and George Washington? Should we delete this confirmed history just to satisfy some idiotic politically correct whim? Guess what...the answer is NO. Karajou 07:32, 22 November 2007 (EST)
I guess it depends on what you mean by "religion". I'm not a Yank (I hope that's not offensive) and not an expert on Thanksgiving, but if they were not "giving thanks" to God, who or what were they giving thanks to?
Your link says "if Thanksgiving had been about religion, the Pilgrims never would have invited the Indians to join them." Sorry, but that's a non-sequitur, at least depending on the definition of "religion". Why would people giving thanks to God not invite others to take part?
The link also says, "Indeed, what we think of as Thanksgiving was really a harvest festival." So? When I was growing up (here in Oz), we had something like annual harvest festivals in church. They were definitely "religious events".

"Uniquely American"

I've just edited the opening paragraph, which stated that Thanksgiving is a "uniquely American" holiday, like Independence Day. Thanksgiving is also celebrated in Canada, making this statement incorrect. EMorrissey 10:06, 26 November 2009 (EST)

The sentence was re-worded to "a uniquely American and Canadian holiday," which is a terrible compromise. "Unique" means "existing as the only one or as the sole example, or having no like or equal." Please don't rewrite this just to find a way to insert the word "American."EMorrissey 10:40, 26 November 2009 (EST)

"American and Canadian" (as a block) fits for sole example or having no like or equal.. North America includes Mexico. --Joaquín Martínez 14:20, 26 November 2009 (EST)
I know, but according to Conservapedia, "American" means "pertaining to the United States." So, Thanksgiving cannot be uniquely American and Canadian. This sentence is still nonsensical. I plan to revert your edit soon unless there's a good reason why not. EMorrissey 15:15, 26 November 2009 (EST)