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Thanksgiving Reprise: Forgetting the Holy; The Feast of the Intransitive VerbNovember 25th, 2014
By Zachary Enos, Assistant Director of Communications
If certain bureaucrats had their way, Christmas and Hanukah would become “Sparkle Season,” St. Valentine’s Day would be branded “Special Persons Day,” and Easter—the “Spring Festival.” But hey, since stingy officials ignore common sense all the time, why stop there? We celebrate other public Holidays—a word which comes from the Old English for “holy day.” Why not eradicate the spirit of faith from Thanksgiving, too?
Becket Fund Founder Seamus Hasson tackles that question in his now classic bit of wit, Forgetting the holy; The Feast of the Intransitive Verb. In the fall of 1999, Seamus suggested that crusading government bureaucrats would rather host a November non-sense feast, than risk encouraging someone to thank God. Here’s how he began:
“Every fourth Thursday in November work and school are canceled so that families can gather together for the day and thank – well, we’ll get to just who it is they may be thanking in a minute. They also enjoy good food, good company and good football. The holiday is currently called Thanksgiving, although there is reason to think that may have to change.
Just about every other religious holiday has been stripped of its original meaning and transformed into a more secular version of its former self. Why should Thanksgiving be any different?”