Obama’s Godless Atheist Thanksgiving

Obama’s Godless Atheist Thanksgiving November 27, 2011

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.

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  • Who Knows?

    I think they are full of shit. There are about 15 occurances of the word blessing in President Obama’s Thanksgiving address. Where do blessings of these kind come from? (At least in the Christian’s point of view.)

  • Yes, Who Knows, but you actually have to say the magic “god” word for the spell to work.

    Or something …

  • America needed Obama to say that magic word in order to counteract the magic words said over the halal turkeys. He didn’t say it, so we’re now all officially Muslim.

  • vmanis1

    On Sherman Frederick: `Oh my God, what an idiot!’

    There, I’ve mentioned God.

    Now that U.S. Thanksgiving’s over, it’s time for the War On Christmas.

  • azportsider

    Yes, well, I was a little put out that the President didn’t pardon the traditional pasta, or mention the FSM; but, unlike the moronic religiotards and faux-outraged RNWJ, I got over it.

  • azportsider

    Ooops! that should’ve read “RWNJ” of course.

  • Phillip IV

    Of course, if he had mentioned God, the fundies would be outraged that he didn’t mention Jesus, because that proves that the god he was referring to was Allah and that Obama is secretly a Muslim.

    And if he had mentioned Jesus, the fundies would be outraged that he tries to appropriate Christian symbols for this communist/homosexualist agenda. Plus something about “messianic complex”.

    Let’s face it, the only Thanksgiving Address they would have accepted from him consists of two words: “I quit.”

  • By this point, these morons really should buy their underwear pre-bunched and their pearls pre-clutched.

    That’s awesome.

  • What makes these things so vile is not just the dishonesty and stupidity that they inevitably entail, but that conservatives are so especially eager to attack Obama during holidays and times of remembrance, precisely when we should be putting aside our differences. They deliberately choose the most inappropriate and offensive occasions to slander him.

    It’s their way of signaling that they will never, ever reach a point of mutual respect and understanding with the president. He is the enemy forever, and he must be attacked most viciously during those times when the temptation exists to let your guard down and make nice with your fellow man.

    And of course, they accuse him of being divisive.

  • If he HAD mentioned god, they’d be claiming that he meant Allah.

  • This is what happens when you elect a president who was born in a different country.

    Anyway, I also noticed “blessing this and blessing that” and did not, therefore, feel that the talk was exactly godless. But, I hear a lot of my godless friends these days using “blessed and blessing” as though there was a sekret conspiracy to steal that word from the religious people and use it for our own purposes …. like we stole the word “holiday” from them.


  • meg

    Okay, ignorant Aussie chiming in, but isn’t Thanksgiving an ‘American’ holiday, not a religious one?

    We once celebrated it for an American friend living here (who is also Christian). We arranged a meal (sans turkey, but with pumpkin pie) and asked her what the format was to be for it. We did the ‘I give thanks for’ but no prayers or anything. Did we miss something?

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  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    You don’t understand, do you? When Obama omits mention of God, everyone knows it’s because he hates God so much that he refuses to acknowledge Him. When Gingrich or Santorum omits mention of God, it’s because everyone knows he loves God so much that it’s redundant to mention it. (Romney is an interesting case. Do Mormons love the True Christian God? And is Romney both for and against God?)

    BTW, I went to YouTube searching for the Obama Thanksgiving address (yes, I know, it’s at whitehouse.gov), and discovered something truly wonderful: a whole mess of videos asserting that if you play recordings of Obama saying “yes we can” backwards, it comes out as “Thank you, Satan.” The fact that it actually comes out more like “Nack you say” apparently doesn’t get in the way of the outrage.

  • coraxyn

    Hmm, thanksgiving. History is not personal strong suite, but was it not native americans that gave them all this food? Perhaps they should be thanked?

  • chilidog99

    It’s a good thing Mitt wasn’t around in Plymouth during the original Thanksgivving. The Puritans would have tested his magic underwear by seeing how many rocks they could pile on top of them. (with him still in them, of course).

  • peterh

    @ #12:

    Canada also has a Thanksgiving. It’s generally more akin to a harvest celebration than any observances by the harsh, puritanical Separatists of Plymouth.

  • peterh

    Holy Zaquon’s Knees! I had skipped right over the “play it backwards” bit. Is that insane nuttery still slithering through the gutters?

  • Michael Heath


    I had skipped right over the “play it backwards” bit. Is that insane nuttery still slithering through the gutters church pews?


  • The Gregarious Misanthrope

    I would like to be president just so I can eat the f***ing turkey. Or lop it’s damn head off and give the thing to a homeless shelter.

  • The Gregarious Misanthrope


    What’s with you Aussies and holidays? I was there over the 4th of July years ago and there were no fireworks at ALL! 🙂

  • OT, but I never let that stop me.



    looks like another one of those brave kids doing shit that adults are afraid to try.

    H/T to Patriotboy over at “Jesus’ General” blog.

  • dan4

    @20: Huh? Being POTUS means you get to “pardon” (NOT eat) the “f***ing turkey.”

  • damien

    Ed, I’ve been meaning to comment on this for a long time, and forgive me for going off-topic, but I must ask if your designers could do something about your mobile theme?

    The particular problem that I’ve run into is that you tend to do a lot of blockquoting, and your mobile theme has nothing set up to differentiate your blockquotes from your regular writing.

    Most of the time this isn’t an issue, since I can usually interpret, but there are many posts in which it becomes impossible.

    Just thought I’d ask.

  • bexley

    I would like to be president just so I can eat the f***ing turkey. Or lop it’s damn head off and give the thing to a homeless shelter.

    Under President Rick Perry there won’t be any of pardoning going on.

  • lordshipmayhem

    So which two of the Republican candidates did he pardon? (rimshot)

    Just as a note, when I sit down for Thanksgiving, I give thanks to the cook. I also give thanks to the farmers, truckers, grocery store clerks and everyone else involved in getting the food from the farm to my plate.

    I also give thanks to my friends who joined me for the meal, and in so doing made the evening that much more pleasant.

    I do not give thanks to the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Spongebob Squarepants, Hogan’s Heroes, honest politicians or any other fictional characters.

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  • @20: Huh? Being POTUS means you get to “pardon” (NOT eat) the “f***ing turkey.”

    The ceremonial pardoning of the turkey is a recent invention. I think Reagan may have been the first to do it. Anyway, after they pardon that one turkey which goes on to live a pointless existence, they sit down and have a traditional meal that features any number of slaughtered animals, most likely including turkeys.

  • Moggie

    I suppose this is a kind of pincer movement in the War on Christmas and Halloween.