Saturday, September 16, 2006

Mayflower Pilgrims, America Thanks You

On this day in 1620, the Pilgrims left England bound for America. The Pilgrims were persecuted in England for their religious beliefs and were allowed to come to America so that they could practice their religion without being made fun of. It’s a known fact that religious persecutors are not nice people and they are often compared to the neighborhood bully or domineering PTA mother.

In fact, there has long been a rumor that the Smithsonian Museum has physical proof of the persecution that the Mayflower Pilgrims suffered. The museum is said to have the nameplate that the persecutors nailed over the original one on the front of the boat the night before the Mayflower left England. It reads “HMS Ship Of Fools” and was removed by the Pilgrims when they discovered it the morning of their voyage. When the Mayflower set sail a few hours later, the religious bullies all lined up along the dock sarcastically waving goodbye and making fun of the pilgrims’ hats and shoes.

It’s no surprise that the Pilgrims would want to escape that type of treatment. After all, they were only trying to worship God they way they felt was appropriate. It’s also no surprise that the New World was selected as their destination. There was already a colony at Jamestown (where the Pilgrims were officially headed before being blown off course and ending up in New England) and it was known that America had ample rivers, plenty of space, very few fellow Englishmen to persecute them, a great selection of wildlife, plenty of trees for wood and a Starbucks on every corner.

When we attend the church of our choice here in America, we should think of the Pilgrims and everything they did to be able to attend a church of their own. We should also thank them every time we attend an all you can eat buffet, but I’ll write more about that during Thanksgiving. In the city I live there are about 5 churches all lined up on one single street. Every religion and culture you can think of is represented in those churches and they can all thank the Pilgrims, among a few others, for their right to assemble and worship there.


I know I was thanking the Pilgrims this morning. I was able to get all of my Saturday morning chores done by only visiting church row. I got breakfast at St. Anne’s bake sale, my truck washed at the Lutheran church and a lawnmower to replace my busted one at the Protestant Church. If we’re bored tonight, we’ll probably go play bingo at the non-denominational church across the street. Mr. and Mrs. Pilgrim, you certainly gave us a lot to be thankful for.

6 comments:

Odat said...

I would run too if I dressed like that!
Peace!

thethinker said...

I agree with odat. Actually, I'd probably be one of the people on the docks making fun of their clothes (but certainly not their religion!).

Meloncutter said...

Dang that was a long time ago. Wasn't one of the Pilgrims named Miles standoffish? He was the one messing around with that Native American chick named Suckayooweena, right? You have reminded me of a bit of history that I really haven't thought of in quite a while. Might have to read up on it.

Later Yall.....

Lizza said...

Freedom to worship (or not to worship) according to one's beliefs is something that many of us in democratic countries take for granted. Your church row sounds like a great thing, I'm envious. At the church I used to go to, all we got was free coffee (but it was good coffee).

mist1 said...

Damn, I wanted to be the first to make fun of Pilgrim fashion.

PARLANCHEQ said...

Just to clarify, where the Pilgrims landed there is a Dunkin Donuts on every corner, not a Starbucks. ;)