For some Native Americans, Thanksgiving is a time of mourning, for the meeting between the pilgrims and the Wampanoag began a series of events that led to many tribes being wiped out. But for one Native American pastor, the observance is not a source of historical mourning or regret, rather he celebrated the occasion since a youth growing up on a Virginia reservation.
Ernest Custalow, pastor at Grace Church of Fredericksburg, told The Christian Post that he recalled celebrating Thanksgiving as a child on the Mattiponi reservation. Part of this tradition involved providing a deer and a turkey to officially give to the governor of Virginia to pay their state taxes, a custom that remains to the modern day.
"The way we paid taxes was to kill a deer and turkey to give to the governor of Virginia. We still do that," said Custalow, adding that, "I grew up hunting for the governor." more >>
It is Thanksgiving, one of the major holidays in the United States. Below are four points of interest regarding the development of the observance, on the last Thursday in November, and the practices therein.
Thanksgiving Used to Happen Any Time
The modern concept of Thanksgiving dates back centuries, deriving from religious traditions in Europe. more >>
Joey Adams told a joke that goes like this: Did you ever hear about the ungrateful lady at the beach who had a little child with her? She was too close to the water, and a big wave came in. By the time the water went back into the sea, she realized her son was missing.
She looked all around for her little boy and cried out: "Melvin…Melvin...where are you, Melvin?" She realized he had been swept out to sea. So she prayed, "Oh, dear and merciful Father, please...please...take pity on me and return my beautiful child. I will promise eternal gratitude to you...I'll never cheat on my income tax again. I'll be kind to my mother-in-law. I'll give up smoking...Anything...Anything... only please grant me this one favor and return my son."
Just then the next wave washed in, and there he was, safe and sound. Then she looks up to God and says, "But he had a hat!" more >>
The co-founder of America's largest LGBT political advocacy organization, Human Rights Campaign, has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a teenage boy.
Terrence Bean, 66, was indicted last week in Oregon on two felony counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree sexual abuse after allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old boy he met online through a gay dating app last year.
Bean, who's a leading LGBT activist and also the co-founder of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, is a major donor to the National Democratic Committee and was major financial supporter in the campaigns of President Barack Obama and other prominent Democrats. more >>
Russia appears to be taking serious moves to combat the "radicalization" of Muslims within its border.
Recent pro-Islamic reports are complaining that Russia is banning the Islamic hijab—the headdress Islamic law requires Muslim women to wear—and, perhaps even more decisively, key Islamic scriptures, on the charge that they incite terrorism.
In the words of Arabic news site Elaph, "Russia is witnessing a relentless war on the hijab. It began in a limited manner but has grown in strength, prompting great concern among Russia's Muslims." more >>
Last summer, God revealed a message to me just before the tragic death of Michael Brown. "Alveda, tell the people of the world this: You don't have to live this way. You are better than this." Weeks later Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson.
Earlier this week, my friend Bishop Harry Jackson, world leader and Pentecostal Pastor of Hope Christian Center spoke to our nation with these words: "America, we are better than this." The message is very clear. God values our lives, all of our lives. These words came just after a powerful "2014 Evening of Prayer for Our City & The Urban World" hosted by Bishop Raphael Green and other ministers and leaders in Ferguson.
Bishop Jackson; Niger Innis, National Spokesperson for Congress on Racial Equality (CORE), Executive Director of TheTeaParty.net, and Founder of www.restorethedream2015.com; and I are part of a growing coalition of socially and ethnically blended preachers and civil rights leaders who are leading the charge to promote peaceful solutions to the systemic issues that are at the root of explosive eruptions across our nation. Right now, the spotlight is on Ferguson, MO where a grand jury comprised of the peers (Blacks and Whites) of Michael Brown and Darren Wilson failed to indict Officer Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. more >>