A couple of weeks ago week, “Equal Time for Freethought” featured an encore presentation of a discussion we had this past summer with Eddie Ellis, host of WBAI’s “On the Count!: The Criminal Justice and Prison Report.”  During our conversation one major question which emerged hinged on the question of whether people behave as they do as a result of their own free will, or as a result of factors which they do not choose.

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Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving in America? How many of us know what happened leading up to the first Thanksgiving? Why are so many of us ignorant to the fact that Thanksgiving was not meant to be about family and friends gathering for turkey, but about ethnocentric nationalism, genocide and civil religiosity? What does all this tell us about how we view our history and our current role in the world?

James Loewen, author of Lies My Teach Told Me, will discuss these questions and more as we investigate the meaning behind Thanksgiving in America.

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This week on Equal Time for Freethought, Sunsara Taylor will interview Chris Hedges about topics touched on in his forthcoming book, American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America. They will also discuss his recent speech at a teach-in held in NYC by ‘World Can’t Wait – Drive Out the Bush Regime’ where he insisted that attempts to dialogue and seek “common ground” with Christian fascists will lead to disaster.

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