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Falwell, God and Thanksgiving

Reported by Deborah - November 23, 2004

Jerry Falwell expressed his concerns that the true meaning of Thanksgiving is being distorted by a secular system of education that insists on keeping God out of the discussions of the first Thankgiving. Hannity was quick to agree with Falwells conclusion that God and religion are purposely kept from our children who attend public school. 11/22/04 9:30PM ET

Falwell wondered why our teachers, who are well educated, would tolerate any administration that would refuse academic freedom calling the current teaching of Thanksgiving revisionist. Hannity added that the first Thanksgiving was about the Pilgrims thanking God and how could the public schools exclude this.

comment: Since I have always included religion and thanking God in my lessons about the first Thanksgiving celebration, I wondered what Hannity and Falwell were talking about. I decided to take a good look at all the books we have in our school library about Thanksgiving thinking that perhaps I had missed something. After checking 23 books on the subject, 19 clearly discussed the concept of Thanksgiving as a time to be grateful to God for our blessings.
The reading levels of these books were pre school through 8th grade and only the pre school books neglected the spiritual side of Thanksgiving. Falwell and Hannity are the ones guilty of distortion not the teachers.

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