Pilgrim Propaganda: The Secret History of Thanksgiving
Does our Thanksgiving Myth whitewashing the history of the Puritan’s Nemasket Raid and Pequot Tribe Massacres in 1621 and 1637? Does our Plymouth Propaganda exemplify apartheid america’s whitewashed native-american history and propaganda?
Thanksgiving is known for it’s warm family gatherings, the gridiron mash-ups of football games, pumpkin pie, and deceptively simple views on america’s history and the complex and troubled relationships with america’s native peoples.
We all know the 2-century-old story of the poor pilgrims who were persecuted in Europe immigrating to america, and barely eking it out w’ the help of our “Indian” friends. Thanksgiving has it’s root in deeply religious tradition, in deep reverence and awe of the Christian god, but it is largely a secular happening now.
Digging deeper reveals interlocking tales of massacres, coups, treaties, politics, and religious fundamentalism as the framework of what could be called the secret history behind our thanksgiving myths.
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Putin, Pussy Riot, and the Future of Russian Politics
(Video) Secularism Is Not Atheism
Secularism is the most misunderstood ism in the American political lexicon, as pundits equate it with Stalinism, Nazism and Socialism.
Why do you think people conflate secularism with atheism?
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(Video) Buddhist Sri Lanka Moves to Separate Religion and Politics
How the Student Loans Debate Got Religion
According to the Bible, in minor jubilees people’s property and land were redistributed, slaves were freed, and, yes, debts forgiven.
Will the Biblical precedence for absolution of debt penetrate christian objectivists’ cognitive dissonance?
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The Religious Right’s Obama Strategy
Faith and Freedom Coalition, “a 21st-century version of the Christian Coalition on steroids,” is leading the effort.
When does the pandering required in politics become an unofficial ‘religious oath’ for office?
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White, Black, Hispanic, Evangelical? Race, Religion, and Health Care Reform
In the reactions to the ruling, the powerful way that racial identity shapes attitudes toward the health care law, as well as how this may influence the law’s impact in the -residential race, has been largely overlooked. Comparisons between these key supporters of Romney, which are overwhelmingly white, and black Americans, who overwhelmingly support Obama, paint a stark picture of a racially divided America on this issue.
Do you think this survey indicates that ‘post-racial’ america is just a talking-point?
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A Peculiar People: The Mormon Lens on American History
‘By Jennifer Schuessler – For a century and a half, Mormonism has been something of a paradox in the history of the American West: passionately argued about by the church’s adherents and detractors, but largely ignored by professional scholars unsure of what to make of the religion Joseph Smith founded in 1830 or the communities created by what Mormon scripture itself described as a “peculiar people.”’
Do you think that Mormonism can become as ubiquitous as canonical Christianity?
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[Video] Politics, Religion and the Tea Party
AlJazeera examines how politics, religion and the far-right conservative movement reshaped the political landscape of the US.
Can you be a secular republican without being bad-mouthed by your own party?
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