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Mayflower Pilgrims, Obama and Syrian refugees.

President Barack Obama has connected the dots in his unique way again, this time comparing the 17th century pilgrims on the Mayflower with Syrian refugees.

He used his weekly speech on Wednesday to make another pitch to Americans to embrace 10,000 Syrian refugees, and said:

Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims — men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better future for themselves and their families. What makes America America is that we offer that chance.


So far, 30 governors have said their states will not cooperate with the federal program, but President Obama is undaunted.

Adopting time-tested legends for political purposes has become one of President Obama’s favorite hobbies, after golf.

His use of the Thanksgiving appeal to compare refugees with pilgrims parallels his constant refrain that Palestinian Authority Arabs are just like the Jews who fled slavery from Egypt to enter the Promised Land.

President Obama’s understanding of the message of Thanksgiving is far different from that of Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, who stated in his holiday message:

When we think back to that first Thanksgiving in 1621, and all that the Pilgrims endured, only half surviving the first brutal winter, we remember sacrifice upon which this land was built – and the sacrifice that continues to keep us free and safe….

In the struggle for independence, the brave motley group of soldiers defeated the greatest military force in the world. In the battle against slavery, the bloodshed to purge this people from our original sin. In the World Wars, the thousands who fought in the trenches and scaled the cliffs of Normandy to save the American idea…..

We are grateful for all those who have gone before us and for those who continue to serve: for the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who courageously defend our freedom…..And remembering to give thanks to God:

Below is President Obama’s Thanksgiving sermon.


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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


  1. The difference between European-Jews before and during World War II, who were not just caught in a war zone, but were being actively persecuted, and Syrian-Muslims–especially the young men who make up the vast majority of the would-be refugees–who should be fighting for their country. These young men–and in many cases young women–from Syria should be trained to be the boots-on-the-ground against, first, ISIS, and then Assad. They are caught in a war zone; they are not being persecuted for who they are.

    Syrian (and, in fact, all Middle Eastern) Christians are a different story. Their plight is much more similar to that of the European Jews in World War II. These Christians are being actively persecuted and killed and would probably not be accepted into a Muslim army fighting ISIS and/or Assad. Middle Eastern-Christians merit refugee status.

    If someone wants to discuss forming a 21st Century version of the Kindertransport for Syrian-Muslim children under the age of 12 to be given safe haven until they can be reunited with their parents in a, hopefully, safe and sane Syria, I think a strong argument could be made to be in favor of that.

    On a similar note, discussion on immigration into the US has, by and large, neglected a very important issue: demographics. The US is not replacing its population. The birthrate is dropping precipitously. If this is to remain a Judeo-Christian country, we must strongly re-think any opposition to Latino immigration. These people from Central and South America are a strong Christian (predominantly Catholic), church-going community–and we need them and their children if the Judeo-Christian ethic in the US is to be maintained. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

  2. I doubt if US Pilgrims brought along deep hatred of infidels and Islamic fanaticism, like the nice Syrian Muslim refugees have to Germany and Sweden. Somewhere along the way, Obama forgot to mention that most are not fleeing ISIS, but back them. They are fleeing Assad.

  3. Well, give him credit for trying, but his writers really don’t know what they they are saying. Cliches are cliches. Let’s get real. Yes, the early immigrants, Puritans, were hard done by, and came for the freedom of religion offered in the new US. The new immigrants are also looking for religious freedom, and deserve to have opportunities in Western countries, but times have changed. Unfortunately, there is a unlying fear that is made more obvious by the recent attacks in Paris, Mali, Tunisia, etc., that some are coming for one reason: religious domination. So welcome our newcomers, offer them what we can, but please don’t compare them to Jews fleeing Nazism, or Puritans fleeing lack of freedom. This is a new era, and we must never let down our guard, that is sad, but true!! Hopefully, most of the new families will become a part of the fabric of the US and Canada, introducing new foods to our restaurants, etc., just as the Italians, Chinese, Japanese, etc. did. I hope their integration will be easier than it was for my parents when they fled Europe because of programs, in the early 1900’s. They formed societies to help their own, as they couldn’t get loads from the banks, and even had to build and staff their own hospitals, as their doctors could not work in the other hospitals. (Mount Sinai in Toronto, is a perfect example.) And please, do not change our culture for fear of offending. Welcome them with open arms to share our cultures with them. It may take a couple of generations, which I will not be around to witness, all I can do is hope and pray for Canada, the best country in the world, thus far!!

  4. If what obama says is to be understood as most SJWs see it, then these muslims will want to do to our native culture what the white europeans did to the native americans; totally anhilate the indigenous peoples and supplant their culture with their own ideology at the point of a gun. way to go obama explaining what the muslims are all about.

  5. Give each able-bodied man an AK-47 and 500 rounds of ammo, and send him back to defend his country. Why should we in the West bear the burdens of ISIS depradations, when even the Arab countries, with the same religion and language as the refugees, refuse to take them in? What do they know that we or at least our moronic leaders don't?

  6. Still completely Obamad no one in there right mind would see this comparison! Only people who are completely illiterate and could not read history! It’s an insult to the Pilgrim Fathers who went to a land of nothing making it into a land of plenty! Where is the comparison?

  7. Before the Europeans arrived, those first on the soil of what became America were busy annihilating each other at the point of an arrow. This is nothing different than what has been taking place worldwide since homo sapiens first entered into the wilderness. Beyond that there was no genocide, the “indigenous” people are still alive, some wealthy, some poor. That having been iterated, the tribes were inventing acetylsalicylic acid, you call it aspirin, while Europeans were performing autopsies, and then delivering babies without washing their hands. Personally, I think all you people should go back where your ancestors came from…which would eliminate everyone, but the Euphrates delta would become severely overcrowded. Yes, let the bison roam freely once again as they once did before the coming of the white men, the black men, the brown men, the yellow men, and the little green men from whoknowswhere…

  8. They did kick around a few decapitated heads, but that is as close as it gets. Some Europeans lived peacefully with those who were here before them, some did not. The tribes did not even get along with each other. It is a human tradition, part of the psyche, to clonk each other on the head. Monique, you should really be familiar with history before issuing edicts.

  9. Gil Gilman – actually, there most certainly was genocide in both halves of the American continent. But whereas Europeans have moved forward in enlightened civilisation, that cannot be said about all human societies.
    Not sure how the Euphrates comes into it. Humans evolved in East Africa.

  10. John Kinory, genocide implies completion of annihilation…never happened, unless you are including the Lakota and Cheyenne genocide on the Mandan. Even in the case of the Arawak of Christopher Columbus fame, though 3,000,000 were murdered, some were brought back to Europe as slaves. Assimilation is not equal to genocide.

  11. John Kinory you use such strong words, like “wrong.” Very effective…attempted genocide implies intent to eliminate a specific people group such as with Hitler making his famously failed attempt, the Syrians with the Yazidis, and so forth. Please provide an example on both halves of the Americas where the motivation of genocide specifically occurred. As to “cultural” genocide as a bolstering argument, please provide an example on this continent as it differs from assimilation. I am aware of several historical situations on other continents, but none here.

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