Tuesday, May 08, 2007
h/t - ConservativeGrapevine.com
Both NewsMax and the New York Post reported yesterday that a math professor in Arizona is being fired for harassment. He is charged with sending an email on a public service that was "hostile" and "derogatory". What exactly did he send? Porn? KKK/Farrakhan/Nazi propaganda? Pictures of President Bush? If only.
No, what this horrible man did was use the occasion of Thanksgiving to send out to everyone on this email bulletin service ... PRESIDENT WASHINGTON'S 1789 THANKSGIVING ADDRESS!!!!!
First of all, I have a question for these idiots: If these words carried no "hostile" or "derogatory" meanings in 1789, why all of a sudden is simply quoting them reason for dismissal? I mean, seriously - what's the bitch?
Since I own RWR.com, and can't get fired for simply posting anything in particular, I'll show you EXACTLY what this address says:
President Washington's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation of 1789OK. It's the duty of all Nations to acknowledge and obey God, be grateful to Him, and seek his protection and favor. A congressional committee has requested a day of public prayer and thanksgiving for the above. "Hostile"? "Derogatory"? Are we reading the same piece here?
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint committee requested me to "recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many single favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the Service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks, for His kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the single and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of His providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, of the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have to acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge and in general for all the great and various favors which He hath been pleased to confer upon us.Next, the President declares the day of that requested day of prayer and thanksgiving, acknowledging God, showing him gratitude, and encouraging all to seek his protection and favor, and thank him together as a nation for all he has done. "Hostile"? "Derogatory"? Puh-LEASE!
And also that we may then unite in most humble offering our prayers and supplications to the Great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all people, by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone know to be best.So, President Washington declares a day of Thanksgiving - at Congress's request, no less - and here we sit 227 years later defending an educator who dares invoke these words in encouraging all to understand the meaning of the holiday at hand. This man faces dismissal from his position for 1. exercising his First Amendment right to free speech, and 2. invoking the words of the only president ever to be elected unanimously.
What I'd like to know is this: Who are the sickos calling for this man's dismissal???