Obama Erases God from Thanksgiving

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Who exactly are we supposed to be thankful to? It’s unknown. Possibly Obama, as in the Soviet slogan, “Thank you, Comrade Stalin for our happy childhood.”

As Ben Shapiro points out, this is the 4th year that Obama has eliminated God from Thanksgiving. And it’s going to be eight years thanks to the actions of people who claim to be religious yet voted for a man who declared war on religious freedom in America and whose party eliminated God from its platform and booed His reinclusion.

Yet again, President Obama’s Thanksgiving message eschewed any direct reference to thanking God, making this the fourth straight year in which the President of the United States has ignored the central message of the holiday in favor of political grandstanding.

This year, Obama’s central message was that now that he’s been re-elected, Americans should agree with all of his policies. His unity routine sounds strangely empty after a campaign in which he focused on dividing Americans:

Let’s compare Obama’s approach to Bush’s final Thanksgiving message.

Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to gather together and express gratitude for all that we have been given, the freedoms we enjoy, and the loved ones who enrich our lives. We recognize that all of these blessings, and life itself, come not from the hand of man but from Almighty God.

Today, as we look back on the beginnings of our democracy, Americans recall that we live in a land of many blessings where every person has the right to live, work, and worship in freedom. Our Nation is especially thankful for the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who protect these rights while setting aside their own comfort and safety. Their courage keeps us free, their sacrifice makes us grateful, and their character makes us proud. Especially during the holidays, our whole country keeps them and their families in our thoughts and prayers.

Wasn’t it nice when America had a president, flawed as he might have been? Hopefully after four years we’ll have a president again. And that will be something to be thankful for. That no evil endures forever.

Perhaps in four years, we will even have our religious freedom restored again.

UPDATE: Clare in the comments has Bush’s current Thanksgiving message.

“On this day, let us all give thanks to God who blessed America’s first days and who blesses us today. May He continue to guide and watch over our families and our Nation always. “

  • cynthiacurran

    Well if Romeny got elected Evangelicals would be over him for using God. Personality, Obama's not that religous anyway.

  • John_Kelly

    One of the great tragedies of this time is that there are so many gullible Christian leaders who actually believe the lie that "Obama is a Christian."

    They are the true "blind leaders of the blind".

    As a Senator Obama gave a speech at the DNC Call to Renewal Conference in 2006 in which he skillfully mocked the Bible, mocked the Law of Moses & mocked the Sermon on the Mount.

    His connection with Christianity was purely to gain some credibility with voters.

    In truth Obama is a rabid, two faced, lying hypocrite but the bigger tragedy is that many of the so called Christian leaders have no discernment or vision and actually vote for the "Liar in Chief."

    3000 years ago King Solomon summed it up when he wrote "Where there is no vision, the people perish"
    (Proverbs 29:18)

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "In truth Obama is a rabid, two faced, lying hypocrite but the bigger tragedy is that many of the so called Christian leaders have no discernment or vision and actually vote for the "Liar in Chief."

      It's better to cite evidence when you make these claims. There is plenty of it out there, and good objective facts support your claims. Yet most who hear this will assume you say it because he associates himself with "African American" victims and so forth.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      There is a great falling away John and that has great meaning, things are changing and
      not for the good………………………William

  • John_Kelly

    Question: "What's the difference between God & Obama."

    Answer: "God doesn't think he's Obama."

  • Mary Sue

    Of course he did! Obama doesn't want people to thank God. He wants them to thank THE GOVERNMENT!

  • Pat_Robertson_jr

    You are a truly disgusting display of ignorance. John_kelly Are you inbred?

    You people talk about Christianity like because we are Americans we MUST be christian, the truth is that America was found on RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, not as a christian nation. THE PRESIDENT MUST NEVER MAKE THE MISTAKE OF REPRESENTING THEIR RELIGION AS PART OF A NATIONAL HOLIDAY, THAT WOULD BE UNAMERICAN.

    • Mary Sue

      what's the matter, can't take a joke?

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "what's the matter, can't take a joke?"

        He's too far gone to see that as a joke. He feels oppressed by anything that reminds him of Judeo Christianity. Any religion that attacks Judeo Christianity is just fine with him. Did he become unglued when he found out Obama worships Allah? I highly doubt it.

        Actually he hates anyone mentioning God *if it reminds him* of the Biblical God, and he hates *criticism of his god Obama.*

        So now we see why a little joke about hubris made him fall apart and cry all over his keyboard.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "You are a truly disgusting display of ignorance"

      How so?

      "John_kelly Are you inbred?

      What made you think of that question? That's a bit strange.

      "You people talk about Christianity like because we are Americans we MUST be christian"

      Huh? Original article you commented on:

      >Question: "What's the difference between God & Obama."
      >Answer: "God doesn't think he's Obama."

      What are you babbling about? It's a joke about hubris.

      "the truth is that America was found on RELIGIOUS FREEDOM"

      True.

      "not as a christian nation"

      That depends on how you define your phrase, "Christian nation." It was founded by Christians seeking free worship. It was founded as an alternative to the totalitarian doctrines of the Anglicans (nominal Christians) and Catholics (also nominally Christian). They intended not to force worship from anyone (that is what freedom means, *not freedom from* religion or religious people or religious thoughts). I doubt these facts are considered in your description of the founding principles. I could be wrong, but I highly doubt it.

      "THE PRESIDENT MUST NEVER MAKE THE MISTAKE OF REPRESENTING THEIR RELIGION AS PART OF A NATIONAL HOLIDAY, THAT WOULD BE UNAMERICAN."

      That is entirely bull$hit lies perpetuated by dupes of the Soviets.

      Ever heard of Iftar? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxb0yah7CWY

      Celebrating THAT is ANTI-AMERICAN and so are you. You just aren't educated correctly and can't discern your own errors. Good thing you read this blog, you might have a chance to wake up.

    • Rifleman

      "Are you inbred?" I dunno, if he's related to you I'd suspect he might be. Lol, the best thing Pat Robertson ever had going was living rent free in heads like yours. Admit it, your tramp stamp reads "Pat Robertson's Old Lady."

      Who were the Pilgrims thanking, what is Christmas, and where does the word "Holiday" come from, Einstein? The Puritan Christians included everyone else in the first Thanksgiving, trying to exclude Christians now is beyond absurd, and into…leftist thinking. You're only 392 years behind the Puritan Christians in your thinking, to be charitable to you.

      "You people talk about Christianity like because we are Americans we MUST be christian," – Who here says to be an American one must be Christian? No one but you.

      Your last projective display of disgusting ignorance, at a shout, no less, merits a post of its' own.

    • Rifleman

      "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 thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal 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 signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence 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 enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
      And also that we may then unite in most humbly 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 the 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 to us), and to bless them with good governments, 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 knows to be best.
      Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.
      G. Washington."
      http://wilstar.com/holidays/wash_thanks.html

  • Dennis

    America is a land of many religions which you are FREE to practice. Free from legal persecution or execution. The word "God" should not appear on the dollar bill, it should not be in our national anthem (yes, it is in the FULL version of the original song) and it most certainly should not be used by the President when addressing the people of our nation. We are not a homogenous body practicing a sole religion and reporting to the same omnipotent deity (and that is what makes America truly free). Quit resenting the outcome of the election… don't like it? Move somewhere where your leaders are chosen for you. Remember, it was the religious people who crucified Jesus, and the sinners who wanted to have dinner with him. Doubt this comment will make it through. Crossing my fingers though.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "America is a land of many religions which you are FREE to practice. Free from legal persecution or execution."

      Correct.

      "The word "God" should not appear on the dollar bill, it should not be in our national anthem"

      Totally, tragically incorrect and false argument. It is not "freedom from religion," it is freedom of worship. Are you free of the Muslim call to prayer? Does that make you go ape$hit when you hear it or hear about others hearing it in the West? No?

      You should concern yourself with those who truly threaten your rights (and your life) rather than inventing fantasies about those who in fact are fighting to protect them you idi0t.

      People like you just make me laugh until I realize the toll you fools have taken on this nation and culture collectively. That is what makes me fight.

      "The word "God" should not appear on the dollar bill, it should not be in our national anthem (yes, it is in the FULL version of the original song) and it most certainly should not be used by the President when addressing the people of our nation."

      Where is your rant about Obama constantly kissing up to people on the basis of their anti-Western religion? Is that good for you? I restate the fact that the USA was founded based on freedom of worship, not freedom from the worship of others. It's why we have our constitution and court systems, to balance rights. You don't get to squelch any thoughts that make you uncomfortable about death (the afterlife questions). That was never the intent of any rational American founder or leader to this day.

      Judeo Christianity makes you very uncomfortable because you can't actually refute it. This makes you worry about what really will happen to you when you die. Sorry. That is for you to work out alone until you learn to dialog constructively about the topic. You won't get much help from those who might be able to help you before you do.

      "Quit resenting the outcome of the election"

      Oh really? Ever hear of an opposition party you totalitarian freak?

      "don't like it? Move somewhere where your leaders are chosen for you"

      How about simply enforcing the constitution? Great idea, since I don't need your permission or blessing, that is the track I'll try.

    • erica

      “And I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”

      “it is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit”

      "What I was suggesting — you're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith."

      “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
      Barack Hussein Obama

    • Deerknocker

      Dennis, there is a difference between a nation that has religious freedom and a nation that is anti-religious. The words and actions of a person holding public office are necessarily informed by his religious beliefs, just as they are informed by his views, say, in economics or law. To deny that person to speak of his beliefs even while in office suggests a nation that not religiously free, but is instead anti-religious. A public person should no more be required to hold his tongue on religion, than an atheist in office should be required to mouth religious dogma. Public officials should all be free to express their religious views or lack of them and be judged by the public. To ban religious expression from the public square would make us an anti-religious nation not a religiously free nation.

  • Obvious

    Please see the full text speech he mentions Thankfulness to God within the first few sentences! he goes on to make reference to blessings and being thankful to God and creator. This article "claims that Obama left out God " but never gave the text and then gave Bush's speech. This is not jounralism it is propaganda..shame on you…This is not right nor Christ-like

    • Daniel Greenfield

      The full text of Obama's speech is at the link. There is no mention of thanking God in his message.

  • Clare

    I'd like to add President Bush's current Thanksgiving message sent to supporters from The George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas via email today:

    Laura and I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

    Thanksgiving is a time for families and loved ones to gather together and express gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy and all that we have been given. As we reflect on our country’s humble beginnings, Americans are reminded that we live in a land of many blessings where each person has the right to live, work, and worship in freedom.

    We are especially thankful for the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who protect these rights while setting aside their own comfort and safety. Americans are also mindful of the need to share our gifts with others and serve a cause greater than self.

    On this day, let us all give thanks to God who blessed America’s first days and who blesses us today. May He continue to guide and watch over our families and our Nation always.

    Sincerely,

    George W. Bush

    In my opinion, this kind of leadership and this wish for us and our country is light years in understanding away from the the current husband and wife who reside in the White House.

  • popseal

    Hey God fearers, there's never been a time when we were not surrounded, outnumbered, and feeling like we are about to be over run Never gonna happen. Jesus is Lord, politicians are pop culture icons with a very short shelf life, the Lord wins every time. At the risk of sounding like a platitude, "The darker the room, the brighter the candle shines!" "A cleansed church bcomes a revived church!" "He that sits in the Heavens laughs at the fools who fight Him, and holds them in derision that opposed Him", "their ruin comes upon them and that without remedy!" It's a Biblical principle that people get the government they deserve sooner or later, and now we got it.

  • dennis metz

    obummer will be happy when sharia law is the law of the united states, he will be happy when his black panthers are in control and there is chaos lead by the millions of blacks that are going to convert to islam and declare all out war on whitey, they have been at war for years in a low key way and they are programmed by the black leaders to use the race card and hate the devil white race but now that the muslims have a huge voice in our government look for them to spread the hate even more
    if you dont believe blacks will flock to this religion enmasseyou are sadly mistaken

  • bluffcreek1967

    I have no problem with Obama not using the word "God" because he's not deeply or even nominally religious at all. He's simply being what many of us knew about him from the beginning – that he is a secularist at heart who empathizes more with Islam than with Christianity although he aligns with neither of them completely.

    In fact, I like it that he is being very obvious now in a sense about who he is. I expect even more of this type of thing in the months ahead. Our nation has reached a point where a clear line must be made between those who support the new direction of America and those who long to see a return to our founding principles. Sooner or later, I suspect we will all be forced to make some sort of decision where we stand. And so I like it when our pretenses and our masks that hide what we really believe are removed.

    • Mary Sue

      But on the other hand, warping Thanksgiving into Giving Thanks for What Santa Claus Government Has Given you is not a good thing.

      I cracked up when on Rush Limbaugh, Rush was discussing the fallout from the "Obama = Santa Claus" throwaway comments and how the media was objecting, and then talking about what Obama was all about which ironically proved Rush's point, and the last thing he said before cutting to commercial for that segment was, "Well it sounds like, to me, [really quickly said:] "Here comes SantaClaus, Here comes SantaClaus…"

  • GRACEnotLEGALISM

    perfect examples as to why people turn away from God and organized religion. As a lover of my Lord Jesus Christ, you people are TERRIFYING and are the VERY reason so many will never know him. Guess what though????? He still knows THEM!!!!!! Take a break from holding yourself up there on that moral pedestal. Stop being gods. You must get very very tired, having to expend so much energy being judges and juries.

    Be American's AND for GOD'S sake and stop persecuting and dictating….geeeeezzzzz

  • Brigita Petrutis

    Daniel Greenfield, you have the right to speak (or write) your mind. And since you welcome comments, here is mine. I feel it's unfortunate that your views are distorted by some sort of delinquency existing in either your mind, or your education. Perhaps you could do some research before your next piece. The Pilgrims, who are guilty of raiding the Indians' stores of grain, were, nonetheless, saved by them. They would have perished were it not for the grace of the INDIANS. Lotta thanks they got, huh? Reading bits by you and your ilk is only disturbing when I consider there are those who agree with you, and I'm sure you are aware of your ability to perpetrate the delusion and distortion that causes great suffering within this country of ours. So glad MY God can forgive you, since I find it difficult.