Monday, October 10, 2005

Columbus Day

How come no one told me it was Columbus' Day? How come no one told me that today is a holiday?
  • People are more than happy to tell me that there are 21 more days to Halloween! Get your Jumbo Candy packs before they run out!
  • Veteran's Day is coming up! Originally Armistice Day, but instead of celebrating peace it was changed in 1953 to honor returning soldiers. What? They couldn't keep the peace day and pick another day for the soldiers? I'm all for honoring the men who sacrificed everything for their country, that's the least this country can do for them. So what about the day celebrating peace? Whatever, we have 32 days for that.
  • I just heard a radio ad. If you buy $100 worth of groceries at Vons you get a free turkey!! If you haven't been to the groceries lately, $100 is chump change when it comes to groceries. 45 days for turkey day!!!
  • Here is the big one!
    76 days before Christmas!

All these heads up for all those holidays! Yet not one word on Columbus' Day. What's up with that? No one couldn't think of something to sell for Columbus' Day?


Blogger Ryan said...

Angel, I recently read a book that contained a journal entry by Christopher Columbus' son, and thought that you would be interested:
Columbus's son wrote of one encounter in the Caribbean in 1495, during which his father unleashed two hundred foot soldiers, twenty cavalry and twenty dogs on the Indians. "The soldiers mowed down dozens with point-blank volleys, loosed the dogs to rip open limbs and bellies, chased fleeing Indians into the bush to skewer them with sword and pike, and with God's aid soon gained a complete victory."
After reading this, I was super convicted. In highschool I remember getting so upset when "they" took Columbus Day away from us, while still giving us MLK jr. day, and I heard about colleges getting Ceasar Chavez day off. As a young white American male, I felt cheated: "Why are they taking away 'my white holiday'?" I knew that Columbus brought death with him to the indigenous people of the New World, but naively only thought that it came through small pocks(sp?) and diseases. Reading about what they did in the name of God is pretty sickening, esp. when read in contrast with MLK jr.'s writings.
Other interesting Columbus Quotes:
"I hope in Our Lord that Your Highnesses will determine to send priests in great diligence in order to unite to the Church such great populations and to convert them, just as your Hignesses have distroyed those who were unwilling to confess the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit."
"From here one might send, in the name of the Holy Trinity, as many slaves as could be sold."
(All quotes from "A Peculiar People," By Rodney Clapp. Angel, you would appreciate this book)

11:55 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home