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You Should Probably Avoid the PBS Thanksgiving Program This Year

 Camas, WA –  PBS’s Bret Turner wants you to teach your children critical thinking skills by teaching them the real story of Thanksgiving. But whatever you do, avoid the PBS Thanksgiving

“Teaching our children an accurate version of history can give them important context and information. Even very young kids deserve to know that the sanitized version of the first Thanksgiving is at best simplistic and at worst, harmful towards the groups who mourn during this time. The feast that Pilgrims and the Wampanoag enjoyed together did happen — but it was also during a time of suffering, death and cruelty. Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to talk about how Native Americans had been living in what we now call America for generations before Europeans arrived, and that Native Americans have a vast array of cultures” – Turner 2021

PBS SoCal advertisement promoting the True Story of Thanksgiving depicting an African American Family

Reminds me of the CotoBuzz Journal’s Belief – Action Gap Index:  Measures the gap between what we are willing to do for what e believe;  On the zero gap side are Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, three Hebrew men who are thrown into a fiery furnace by Nebuchadnezzar II, King of Babylon.  Or the Jewish woman with seven sons described in 2 Maccabees 7 who were arrested by Antiochus IV Epiphanes, who forced them to prove their respect to him by consuming pig meat. When they refused, he tortured and killed the sons one by one in front of the unflinching and stout-hearted mother.

TCBJ Belief-Action Gap Index

On the opposite end of the scale is a self-described devout Catholic who funds the killing of millions of unborns using the euphemism of women’s’ heath.

Ilhan Omar refers to Israel as an occupying force.  Then there is horror over the Taliban’s destruction of Afghanistan’s cultural sites.  UNESCO warns the damage could be long-lasting. The same people applauded the removal of Robert E Lee’s stature , want to rewrite the National Anthem because it is racist, and want a redesigned flag suitable to progressives.

Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society. Taken from a lecture given by Jeremy Rifkin as part of the RSA’s free public events program

If we want to teach children critical thinking skills we must stop promoting intellectual inbreeding like Main Stream Media, the Education System and Big Tech promote. Diversity based on skin color or sexual preference is not intellectual diversity.  Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity are not new constructs.  The Catholic Church invented DIE as illustrated by James Joyce’s character Here Come Everybody.  The actual DIE implementation is different:  Tolerance is not acceptance.  And Tolerance is not intolerance of intellectual diversity.

Is America Perfect.  No! Is Israel an occupying force?  Not!  If we want to provide context, it needs to be complete, not selecting convenient time periods in history.  as Jeremy Refkin suggests, go back to the time before there were countries, for example.

There is a reason why millions of people all over the earth try to come to America at all costs.  And it is not because the Pilgrims mistreated the Native Americans.

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