The impiety of many of our country's present leaders makes it easy to forget that the United States was once governed by devout men who acknowledged the one true God and their debt to Him in everything. These statesmen were courageously unafraid to give public thanks to God. It is refreshingly edifying to review the role our founders played in establishing Thanksgiving Day.
Despite being threatened with jail time and fines, 90-year-old “Chef” Arnold Abbott, two local pastors, and a wide array of activists vowed to continue feeding the poor in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, even after being cited by police this month. Local politicians behind the recent anti-homeless-feeding rule say they do not think the strategy pursued by the Good Samaritans is “effective” for dealing with the poor. However, supporters of the defiant homeless feeders, who are now making headlines around the world, say the city’s latest restrictions on helping the poor represent a violation of the constitutionally protected rights to free speech, freedom of religion, assembly, and more. They plan to keep feeding no matter what officials say.
The Spotsylvania County (Virginia) Public School District has relented and given its approval to the proposed “Students for Life” club after the principal of Courtland High School initially denied the students’ request. The school district backed down after an attorney with the nonprofit Thomas More Society sent a letter to Courtland Principal Larry Marks on November 11 accusing him of violating the constitutional rights of the student who had sought approval for the club.
A high-school football player in Florida was given a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for pausing in the end zone to thank God after he scored his first touchdown of the season.