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Best Reads: Thanksgiving Reflection on the Puritans

samplin Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 6:40 PM
A Jewish merchant who arrived in Boston (the Puritan Mass. Bay Colony) was given money on the condition that he use it to purchase passage to return to Holland from whence he came. No Catholic was allowed in the English speaking colonies until 1634 until Maryland was established as a haven for Catholics even though Anglicans outnumbered them. Most of the Constitution was written by Virginians, Anglicans. Please reread colonial history before you denigrate the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church.

Among the myriad Thanksgiving-themed reads out there today, the best comes from Lori Borgman at "Thanksgiving is Spelled C-H-A-R-A-C-T-E-R." She reflects on the oft-maligned Pilgrims, and the spirit of gratefulness and courage that they exhibited when trying to settle in America. Here's an excerpt, but it's worth reading the whole thing, and considering that "Thanksgiving is a habit of the heart."

The Puritans, despite pummeling by untrue stereotypes, were a most remarkable group of people. The fortitude and resilience they displayed were heroic. They knew hardship both in the old world and in the new. The...