Myths, Miracles and Turkeys

by Lou Binninger


            Students are a lot like addicts. They don’t do their research. When addicts are asked if they read the label or Googled what was in that stuff they swallowed, shot, or snorted they give a weird look. They bet their lives on, “Yeh, this is good stuff man.” And into the future they go.


            The same is so with students. They cannot even repeat with confidence what they thought the teacher said and then skipped their own research. They never consider that the teacher could be wrong and the curriculum a crock.


God commended the men of the Tribe of Issachar by saying, “All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take.” No one is handing out bonuses for being clueless or remaining a fool.

An oft repeated myth about the Pilgrims is that they headed west seeking religious freedom. They had already relocated to Holland a decade earlier which was known for its freedom.


The Pilgrims saw the New World as an opportunity, more like the 700,000 that left Fecefornia or Calizuela last year. They wanted a place where their children could be raised with their culture, not the government’s brainwashing.

The Separatists (‘Separatists’ from the Church of England, they weren’t labeled Pilgrims till 200 yrs. later) set sail on the Mayflower for about $1000 each (today’s dollar) on September 6, 1620. But after a rough 66-day ocean crossing with one boat (Speedwell) turning back, they landed some 200 miles north of their target of Virginia in what became known as Massachusetts. On November 11, 1620, they finally dropped anchor and sent a few to shore.


The crew set-out in a small craft in rugged frigid surf. Participants credit a miracle from God for a safe landing as a large wave rather than capsizing, deposited them on the shore. It was winter and raw terrain.

They settled on an area they called New Plymouth. It had a long sloping hill that made it easy to defend. It was the site of the former Wampanoag village of Patuxet people. Its inhabitants had died of disease three years before. The village even had a stash of dried corn remaining.


The newcomers searched for the inhabitants or someone to pay for the food they discovered. They considered this divine providence. Then another miracle --after half the Separatists had died before spring, a local appeared that spoke English, had lived in England, once resided exactly where they landed and was a follower of Jesus.


In 1608, this young man named Tisquantum, or Squanto, had been abducted with others by an English merchant ship in “America” to trade with the locals. Then, Squanto was purchased by Catholic Friars in Spain who then released him. Making his way to England to work his way home, Squanto learned of Jesus and began speaking English.


A decade later he finally headed home serving on a ship as an interpreter only to find his Patuxet people destroyed by illness. Had Squanto not been taken as a slave a decade earlier he likely would have perished as well.


Squanto, now a man without a family who knew everything about surviving in Patuxet was adopted by the ‘Pilgrims.’ The settlers, beaten by the weather and disease were considering a return to Holland when Squanto surfaced.

Squanto assisted the newcomers to success and sustainability as well as negotiating 50-years of peace with the nearby people groups. Plymouth Colony Governor William Bradford declared in his journal that Squanto “became a special instrument sent of God” who didn’t leave them “till he died” in November 1622.


The Separatists were underwritten by European merchants whom they had to repay. The Mayflower Compact spelled out that they would live communally, have all in common to pay back the investors. Their good intention as a socialist community was a disaster until Governor Bradford set people free to pursue their own interests and keep their increase.


The Plymouth Colony was yet another example of the failure of a state-managed society. The miracle was that Bradford was bright enough to see the solution that led to survival, repaying the investors and becoming the most powerful industrial nation in the world within 100 years.


The Lefty vegans hate this part. The colonists’ first Thanksgiving was a three-day feast and shooting competition among colonists and local tribal people. They offered thanks for how God sustained them through a horrific voyage, the deadly winter and joined them to Squanto and other tribal friends.


Yes, they ate wildlife and enjoyed firearms. However, the real story is just no longer fitting for a secular, socialist, anti-God school system. So children ‘celebrate’ Turkey Day propaganda along with “We came from apes and the world’s ending in 12-years.”


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