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My Take: On Thanksgiving, Puritans gave thanks for sex and booze
An 18th century illustration of the first Thanksgiving.
November 22nd, 2011
09:25 AM ET

My Take: On Thanksgiving, Puritans gave thanks for sex and booze

Editor's note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

When we think of the New England Puritans who gave to us Thanksgiving, we tend to run to predictable nouns, including killjoy and prude.

But Thanksgiving is a festival, which is to say it was made for fun. And New England’s Puritans were by no means allergic to fun.

To be sure, they aimed (as their name implies) to “purify” the Church of England of every last vestige of Roman Catholicism. So they refused to celebrate Roman Catholic festivals, not least Christmas, which was banned by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1659.

These Puritans were not as puritanical as we imagine, however.

Early Puritan funerals were surprisingly simple affairs. There were no fancy coffins or tombs, and funeral ceremonies were so simple as to be almost nonexistent.

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But after the corpse was buried there were lavish funeral dinners, accompanied by lots and lots of alcohol. According to historian David Stannard, “it was not uncommon for funeral expenses to consume 20 percent of the deceased’s estate,” much of it spent on booze.

Puritans denounced drunkenness, of course, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

According to Jessica Kross, another colonial historian, after some funerals, “entire communities, children included, became intoxicated.” While hard alcohol was frowned upon, beer and wine were celebrated as gifts from above.

Another gift from above was sex, which New England Puritans liked just about as much as the rest of us (or more). They sought to channel sexual desire into the institution of marriage, but inside marriage they let their lusts run free.

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In a classic article called “The Puritans and Sex,” Edmund Morgan demonstrated not only that New England’s Puritans whooped it up in the marriage bed, but also that they dealt with the sex offenders in their midst with sympathy rooted in their view of human frailty.

These Puritans looked upon the Catholic preference for sexual abstinence as abnormal and unscriptural, pointing to Old Testament patriarchs such as Isaac who “sported with Rebecca his wife.” And sex wasn’t just for men either.

New England’s Puritans disciplined church members who refused to have sex with their wives, including one James Mattock, excommunicated from his church in Boston in 1640 because he “denied conjugal fellowship unto his wife” for two years.

These passionate Pilgrims also allowed women to sue for divorce if their husbands were unable to satisfy them sexually.

To return to Thanksgiving today, we should of course imagine America’s early celebrants of this holiday bowing their heads to thank God for a bountiful harvest, and perhaps even for the Native Americans who saved them from starvation. But part of that harvest was beer and wine, and after the eating and drinking was done, plenty of Puritans thanked God for saving them from celibacy.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Stephen Prothero.

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Holidays • Sex • Thanksgiving

soundoff (412 Responses)
  1. Brad76

    Inappropriate much?

    November 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • WTH?

      ♫ Sooo toonite I'm gonna party like is sixteen nineeeety nine♫...

      November 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  2. WasabiPotPie

    I am thankful I do not have Jay Leno's chin.

    November 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  3. coder

    Native Americans saved the Puritans
    Puritans eventually commited genocide – removing as many Native Americans as possible, and then calling themselves Americans
    Now Americans have created a religious class and a tax class, that's ten times worse than what they left in England

    Seems like – at least going by history – Americans create distruction in the name of self righteous preservation

    Kinda like virus

    November 22, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • Deathstalker

      What happened to the Indians was pretty sad but I do not feel sorry for them now. They have more opportunities then the regular class American so I no longer feel like there is an issue there. Aside from that America is still the greatest country in the world bar none.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  4. KAS

    I'm glad Stephen Prothero mentioned the "purifying" aspect of the Puritans because people fail to realize, let alone admit, that Puritans were terrorists. Using today's definition of terrorism, they used violence to attempt to enact a political or religious goal.

    Fortunately they failed in their assault or else England, and by extension the U.K., would be very different today.

    Unfortunately, these folks came to this land and attempted to force their religious views on others and kicked out those who dare challenge them. Does Roger Williams not ring a bell with people? He had the audacity to say there should be religious freedom for all and a separation of church and state. The horror!

    It's one thing to be happy at this time of year for whatever you have, it is quite another to use the Puritans as fine, upstanding "christians" (they weren't). Remember that the next time some right-wing yahoo tries to use the Puritans as an example of christian values (such as their happiness, which they wrote about, when the native americans were afflicted with the diseases the Puritans brought over).

    November 22, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • blah9999

      you bash them, but without them you wouldn't exist

      November 22, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • sarah

      I think the Puritans or history as a whole is interesting but you are right that we need to be vigilant that we don't repeat the horrors of history.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • Henry Miller

      "you bash them, but without them you wouldn't exist"

      Not true. Starting in 1584, a number of other British colonies were established in North America,, that in Jamestown in 1607–thirteen years before the Massachusetts Bay colony–being the best known.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • Henry Miller

      PS to my previous comment: A friend of my parents claimed to have as an ancestor the town clerk of Jamestown, from around 1609. As an on-going joke, she routinely referred to the Massachusetts people as "those immigrants!"

      November 22, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • WTH?

      Yea ok we get it, they weren't quite the prudish charachters they're made out to be. Besides that, what exactly is the point of even writing this article? How about you thank a native american for keeping the race that stole their land for keeping them fed and thriving.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • Mikey

      BLAH999 – Actually yes the USA would exist without the Puritans. What a ridiculous statement showing an ignorance of the history of your country. There were other colonies that were as or more important. Plymouth simply is more famous.

      November 22, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • sparknut

      The Native Americans did indeed suffer from diseases brought over by Europeans, but it was not a deliberate act. And the diseases were spread by explorers and fishermen before the Puritan settlers even arrived. So don't blame the Puritans for the fact that Native Americans did not have imunity to diseases among European explorers.

      That said, the Puritans were certainly not perfect. Even they recognized that fact.

      November 22, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
  5. Deathstalker

    Some people believe that this big unexplained explosion in space created the universe and life. Others believe that God created the universe and life. So take your pick if God does exist you will find out when you die if he does not maybe you will find out when man learns how to time travel in a few million years. If I was a betting man I would bet on God because if you bet on man well you have a lot to lose if you bet on God you have nothing to lose even if he doesnt exist.

    November 22, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      Pascal's Wager. Come up with something new.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Deathstalker

      Bottom line is God created man or man created God. If man created God/gods then there is nothing to stop man from becoming god like in a few million years. If on the other hand God created man we will find him when we die or when he chooses to show up.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • Rick

      Unless you bet on the wrong God

      November 22, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      Of course, that as.sumes that a) you bet on the right god and right version of god, b) god rewards betting, and c) god punishes incorrect bets.

      Please google "pascal's wager" to see what a tired and fallacious argument this is.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • Gnesh

      What if the right God is the one with 6 arms?

      YOU LOSE

      November 22, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Deathstalker

      The type of religion or God you chose could be argued on forever from what I can tell. People that believe in the same religion hardly ever agree on the same interpretation of said religion. Still though there is absolutely 0 issues with believing in God over man for the most part at least in America. But there could be many bad things that happen to you if there is a God that created all the universe and man yet say he does not exist. At least if you pick a religion you have 1 in 500000 of a chance of being right with man you have 0 because it doesnt matter if man created god or not it only matters if God created man.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • Bill

      I suppose the same could be said about Global Warming.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • J. D. Hunter

      Nothing to lose except your integrity. Pascal's Wager assumes that the proposed deity cares whether or not you believe; the atheist assumes the proposed deity would not care even if it existed but that it probably does not even exist.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • Deathstalker

      At least if you did not choose the Six arm God and picked a different one you could say well sorry I was lied to can you please forgive me and not well I was told about god but didnt think you existed. I am not sure which would go over better really I guess it depends on God... Lo.. to funny

      November 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • Deathstalker

      Your integrity is questioned regardless of faith or believe or because of a lack of belief as well. Maybe in a few hundred years that won’t be an issue but right now in America way more people believe in God then don’t. Not that that is saying much because there are many stupid people in America on both sides of the isle.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • John Stone

      But what if I'm God !?! Then I'ld bet on me....and win hehe....even money says I'm God !!!!

      November 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Deathstalker

      Sorry you are not god like yet.. Maybe in a few years with some great scientific discovery you will get turned into something God like but don’t count on it.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • Jared

      Deathstalker

      Don't worry about it. You can't prove what they deem impossible. I could tell them a story about how a friend of mine had his hearing healed and how his jaw bone regrew (he shot himself 20 years earlier) but they will just dismiss it either as a lie or coincidence.

      I could tell them of the man who broke his back and could barely walk suddenly being healed, but I'd get the same results. I could probably even show them the Xrays of a tumor before prayer and then a normal xray after prayer. I could even get the doctor to bare witness to it and that he opened her up just to make sure and found nothing. It still wouldn't be enough.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Da King

      Actually, if you were born again, John 3, you will find out 1000 years after Christ returns. If not, you will never know.

      November 24, 2011 at 9:13 am |
    • MN

      @Jared- Just because we don't understand how something happened YET, doesn't automatically mean "god did it!" That is how all of this non sense started in the first place; because people were trying to explain things they didn't understand. (and man's fear of death and the unknown)

      November 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  6. John

    Sharing food with Indians.... I don't think so...it was a celebration of rounding up a couple of hundred Indian women, men and children, locking them in a barn and burning them to death.

    November 22, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • derp

      Hhhmmmm, they did not teach us that in grade school.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Jared

      No, that happened later.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  7. Crow

    puritans, catholics, athiest, christians,muslims all.... Traditional Native Americans allways remember the words of Elder "We should have herded them as geese back to, and across the great water" lol! For some reason, religeon and the lack of it has caused nothing but strife around the world throughout the worlds existance. May your gods or your televisions bring you all a great "Unthanksgiving"!! 🙂

    November 22, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • Kyser

      One day we will hive mind......Drones we all shall be.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • John Stone

      Sorry Keyser but we're drones already. Watch the next reality tv, buy this product, vote my way or else. Sheeple !

      November 22, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  8. Manny

    "Live by the foma that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy." – Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

    November 22, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  9. Pensacola Pete

    The author states "When we think of the New England Puritans who gave to us Thanksgiving". This is incorrect. The Pilgrims and the Puritans were two distinct groups of people. The Puritans gave us the Salem witch trials. The Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving with indigenous Americans. President Lincoln inaugurated the offical national holiday, Thanksgiving Day during the Civil War. The Confederate States of America did not observe. I tire of authoritative articles that contain such factual errors. Shame on Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar for dissiminating the falsehood that Puritans gave us Thanksgiving.

    November 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Nonimus

      @Pensacola Pete,
      Well spotted!
      I normally wouldn't call out an author for a mix-up of puritan and pilgrim, but it does appear to be integral to the article.

      Mr. Stephen Prothero, care to respond?

      November 22, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • angela

      The Pilgrims were a group of Puritans, hence the author saying, "When we think of the New England Puritans who gave to us Thanksgiving"....

      November 22, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • johnny

      I, too, was always taught that the Pilgrims were a group of Puritans. They had left England for Holland and stayed there until they began to fear their children were losing their Englishness. I had read also that they found Dutch society too permissive; especially regarding Jews. And while they may have "sported' around with one another in the marriage bed, I don't believe they were too forgiving of others' faults.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Rob Scot

      The settlers of the Plymouth colony were Separatists, who wanted a clean break away from the Church of England, as opposed to the Puritans, who wanted to "purify" the same.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • faustus

      I am glad someone pointed this out!!! The Pilgrams were Calvinist. What is funny is that supposedly it was actually the Spaniards who celebrated the first Thanksgiving in the New World.

      November 22, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • MarcyD

      This article is about dispelling the myths concerning Thanksgiving most American grew up learning. In school we were taught that the Pilgrims were all devout people who wore only black and white.
      The 'Pilgrims' that sailed on the Mayflower were a mixture of Puritans and 'Strangers' that sailed with them. People can debate the difference between Puritans and Separatists all they want....but they are splitting hairs. They were unhappy that the Chuch of England was too similiar to Catholicism. The "strangers' were not of the same religous views but wanted to come to the New World.

      November 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  10. RickBobby

    Remember the cartoon version of Pole Position?

    November 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  11. Grumpster

    It's just the hairy armpits that bug me. Reminds me of what Gimley said..."Little Hairy Women."

    November 22, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  12. european cough

    european dude – coughs, coughs, coughs....now a bunch of dead or dieing Natives... oh my.... i didn't see that coming! Blind man replies – your an @ss! Donkey replies – heehaw!

    November 22, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  13. Bob

    We have words for a god such as the Christian one that purportedly causes so much pain and suffering and murder, and promises eternal torture if you have reasonable doubt of him. One such word is "ass-hole". another is "jerk". The phrase "thank you" is not within that set of words.

    November 22, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • hawaiiduude

      um god doest cause the pain he allows us to cause it for ourselves. Free will. Thats why we live in a fallen suffering world. Free will.

      November 22, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • tallulah13

      Humans have problems because of their own actions, the actions of others or random events. No gods needed. Which is a good thing, because there isn't a single shred of evidence that any gods exist.

      November 22, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • Ummmm

      "um god doest cause the pain he allows us to cause it for ourselves. Free will. Thats why we live in a fallen suffering world. Free will."

      LOL! So it's man free will that gets him trapped under a pile of rumble because a tornado came through. It's man's free will that washes his house away from a flash flood caused by a hurricane, it's man's free will that catches him in a tsunami, it's man's free will that kills innocent children during an earthquake.

      You are a joke, it's has nothing to do with man's free will because many of us care about our fellow man and if we had the will to change our environment we would but we can't. For people like you then you only have your god to blame.

      November 22, 2011 at 11:20 am |
    • hippypoet

      UMMMM, you sir read my mind!

      November 22, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • Bob

      Yep. What Ummmm said. Right on.

      hawaiiduude, take your sick and absurd god stories and shove them into your nearest volcano.

      November 22, 2011 at 11:35 am |
    • Steve

      I really do not understand why those who take the position that there is no God exhibit such a strong, and many times nasty desire to attack those who do believe. In all seriousness, what motivates you to take time out of your day to do this? I do not believe in Santa Claus, but I have not wasted a second of my life discussing it to any extent with those that do. I certainly have not taken time out of my day to verbally attack those believers in attempt to in incite a reaction from those folks. Certainly, hopefully, you do not react this way regarding EVERYONE who is not exactly like you in everything they do or believe. BTW-How can a God that doesn't exist cause "so much pain and suffering and murder, and promises eternal torture if you have reasonable doubt of him."? I know you said "purportedly" but that's a pretty thin veil you are attempting to hide behind.

      November 22, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • Primewonk

      @ Hawaii dude –
      I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.
      —Isaiah 45:7

      November 22, 2011 at 11:43 am |
    • hippypoet

      steve, you sound smart, but are you? You have done nothing to add to the conversation execpt repeat what was said. Let me ask you a question... if santa created rules and taught people that they who believe in him are better then those that don't, would you then find it a better conversation? How about if the people who believe differently then you kept saying to your face that because of your godliness, you are going to burn in hell along with your wife and kids.... do you think thats right? i could go on, but i think you get my point – i ask to understand and then make fun of the answers because my 5 yr old has better more logically answers with better rationalizing skills then most believers – if all you have to do is be good to others to get into heaven, why then do they spew such hate against gays, muslims, jews, blacks, ...really anyone not white and of there faith???!!?!?!?!?!?!!?!

      November 22, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • Steve

      Hippypoet-I have not condemned you or 'preached' at you because you don't believe. Your belief, or lack thereof, were not the point of my comment. My comment was simply a question as to why many of those who do not believe are so readily mean-spirited in their attack on those who profess belief in God. I have no issue with those who do not believe the same way I do. My faith is my faith and I have settled any questions regarding that faith within myself. I would not dictate that you see things the same way, nor would I attempt to belittle you for any stance you chose. I would be more than happy to address the points you made within your reply, but I imagine it is more an instance of 'baiting' than genuine inquiry. No matter what I would reply, I am afraid it would simply be a spring-board for more belittlement.

      November 22, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • Steve

      Hippypoet-One last thing: I do not "spew hate" to any of the groups that you listed. I also do not know of anyone within my religious circle of friends who are guilty of this claim. I would hope that you would not be guilty of generalizing gays, muslims, jews, blacks, nor anyone white. Why then is it OK to generalize those who profess a belief in God?

      November 22, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • derp

      "In all seriousness, what motivates you to take time out of your day to do this?"

      Because it's fun, and it gets all of you myth worshippers all wound up.

      C'mon, let's have a rational discussion about bigfoot.

      November 22, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      @hawaiiduude: How would you know what god does or doesn't do??? Care to provide the evidence for this?

      November 22, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • CRC

      Actually Bob it is the devil who does what you attribute to God. This always happens when people who know nothing about God try to speak for him; it just doesn't work.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Ummmmm

      My comment was simply a question as to why many of those who do not believe are so readily mean-spirited in their attack on those who profess belief in God. I have no issue with those who do not believe the same way I do.

      I believe if you look back through the gay blogs that Christians are capable of being just as mean spirited and yes full of hate, condemning others to hell, saying they’re an abomination. Christians in this country band together by their beliefs to push their agendas on others, such as trying to outlaw abortion, defining marriage as one women and one man, they work to block stem cell research, etc… It’s time to show people how fake the christian religion is, that it’s a made up religion based on other pagan religions. It wasn’t till recently that you could openly criticize this religion. If people stopped giving the billions of dollars to religions and funneled it to feeding people around the world, we could stop starvation in its tracks. We could build the wells needed to provide clean water to the third world countries that need it. Once you give the basic necessities to every person on this planet much of the violence and hatred in the world would stop, it would become the foundation to world peace. You don’t need a god for that but you can be dam sure your belief in your god is getting in the way.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Ummmmm

      "Actually Bob it is the devil who does what you attribute to God. This always happens when people who know nothing about God try to speak for him; it just doesn't work."

      Your god created said devil. 😉 Now, be a good christian and ask yourself why.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • John Stone

      Carefull Derp Bigfoot is my God !!

      November 22, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • sam

      @Steve – last time I checked, Santa doesn't run around trying to get legislation passed according to what's in an ancient book.

      November 22, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • LBam

      Ummmm: 1
      Steve: 0

      November 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • Bob

      Steve, re "what motivates you to take time out of your day to do this?", in my case, it's because fools like you vote, and impact laws and government policy. That is reason enough. The crimes committed in the name of Christianity spanning centuries are further justification.

      So, take your sick Christian supersti-tion and shove it. We aren't going away.

      November 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  14. Bob

    We have words for a god such as the Christian one that purportedly causes so much pain and suffering and murder, and promises eternal torture if you have reasonable doubt of him. One such word is ass-hole. Thank you is not among those words.

    November 22, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  15. hippypoet

    yay... thank you for all your food and stuff.. now next year let us help you out!

    NEXT YEAR – oh my, they are all dead -(man with smoking gun) yea, i wonder what happened? 😉

    November 22, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  16. theoldadam

    We ought give thanks to God for all things.

    Even the sufferings of this life and the evil which often raises it's ugly head are in His service.

    He's an awesome God.

    .

    November 22, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • Bob

      We have words for a god such as the Christian one that purportedly causes so much pain and suffering and murder, and promises eternal torture if you have reasonable doubt of him. One such word is ass-hole.

      November 22, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • tallulah13

      He's so darned awesome that not one single shred of proof for his existence can be found! He's so awesome that he lets little kids die from cancer while at the same time giving a quarterback the power to throw a touchdown! He's so awesome in timing his "miracles" that they look like random events that would have happened anyway! He's so awesome, he can make pictures of Jesus appear on food products!

      Yep. That's one awesome god you've got there.

      November 22, 2011 at 11:09 am |
    • derp

      He may be awesome, but the other god is superawesomer.

      I like that other god better.

      November 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      Did god plant the harvest? Did god build your computer? Or your roads? Or your car? Or your house? Did it cook your dinner last night?
      Not a chance!!! But yet you give thanks to a deity who ordered the oppression of women; who ordered the stoning of children for disobedience; who ordered someone to kill their own child and then ordered him not to (haha, gottcha...rather cruel); who flooded the planet and killed millions....the list of wickedness from your god goes on and on and you'd know that if you took the time to read the buybull instead of picking and choosing the parts that feel good.
      How about giving credit where credit is due?

      November 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • CRC

      You are right on. As usual, when the devil's children speak for God they always get it wrong.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      @CRC: Could you please tell us in what other belief system we will find said devil? It is only in the buybull that the devil is found, thus a creation of your god. How about reading a science book instead of a book of fiction or maybe even tuning in to the Discovery channel...you might actually learn something factual.

      November 22, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • Fookin' Prawn

      @tallulah13 – waitaminnit, I thought Jesus only appeared on cupboard doors or water stains. It's Mary that gets the foodstuffs!

      November 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  17. William Demuth

    As do I

    In the final analysis, what else is their to be thankful for?

    As partisans and the indoctrinated drag us closerr to the brink I suggest we ALL party like its 1649!

    November 22, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • John Stone

      Weird Al has it right "Amish Paradise" party like it's 1699 !!

      November 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  18. Daniel Burke

    Your take sounds a lot like my take.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/18/religion-and-the-first-thanksgiving_n_1099953.html?ref=religion&ref=religion

    November 22, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • oops

      busted!

      November 22, 2011 at 9:51 am |
    • copy

      Are you sayin this was a recycled bit bit?

      November 22, 2011 at 9:58 am |
    • waat

      Not very similar.

      November 22, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  19. Dave

    CNN and its cast of Stephen P and the like are not celebrating thanksgiving lest they be reminded of s*ex and booze.

    Seriously, Thanksgiving is about s*ex?

    November 22, 2011 at 9:40 am |
    • derp

      I'm hoping the wife gets that memo

      November 22, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • dudley0415

      Sax and violins carries the day for the media, especially if you can convince people that those with religious beliefs think s*x is dirty. See – we can't even spell out s*x! From what I know to be true, those with religious beliefs revel in the activity and take opportunity to enjoy as often as possible with their spouse.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  20. Yoda

    rejoice for those who transform into the force, even if java juice the main course it must be.

    November 22, 2011 at 9:33 am |
    • Bob

      May the farce be with you.

      November 22, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • derp

      watch football all day you must.

      November 22, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • Nope

      The farce?

      Bob, may the Schwartz be with you.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • John Stone

      Eat lots of turkey you will and fornicate Bob hehehe

      November 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
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