The night before Thanksgiving, President Obama did the traditional pardoning of the turkey, called 10 military families to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving and sent out a video message waxing eloquent about the virtues of supporting the troops and helping other people. But he didn’t mention God. Cue the wingnut outrage.
“Holy cow! Is that one screwed up or what?” columnist Sherman Frederick of the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote in a Thanksgiving-morning blog post.
“Somebody ought to remind Obama (and his speechwriter) that when Americans sit down around a meal today and give thanks, they give thanks to God.”
Funny, I’m an American and I don’t give thanks to God. Nor do millions and millions of others.
Over on the website of Fox News Radio, radio host Todd Starnes also took issue.
“His remarks were void of any religious references, although Thanksgiving is a holiday traditionally steeped in giving thanks and praise to God,” Starnes wrote.
“The president said his family was ‘reflecting on how truly lucky we truly are,’” Starnes said. “For many Americans, though, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on how blessed and thankful they are.”
Yeah, because those things are so different. And if the president doesn’t say exactly what someone else would say about the holiday, that obviously prevents people from thinking about it in whatever manner they want. Or something.
Let’s count a few more ways that this faux outrage is utterly moronic. Obama had plenty of God-talk in his official Thanksgiving proclamation. And then there’s this:
Three of the Republican presidential candidates – Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum – issued Thanksgiving statements that omitted any references to God.
Why do they hate God and America? By this point, these morons really should buy their underwear pre-bunched and their pearls pre-clutched.