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posted 11/17/2007 11:50:30 AM |
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I received this in an e-mail from a very dear friend....just thought I'd share

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.
My confession:
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejewelled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I
don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees.
It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, "Merry Christmas" to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a crèche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around,
period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.
Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her "How could God let something like this happen?" (regarding Katrina) Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response.
She said, "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the
gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?"
In light of recent events ... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbour as yourself. And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK.
Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with "WE REAP WHAT WE SOW."
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world is going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing?
Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it ... no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in. My Best Regards.
Honestly and respectfully,
Ben Stein

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Lisa46

Nov 17 @ 12:29PM  
Yep this has been going around cyber for a few years now. And each time I read it I pass it on! If you'll remember its "under god"
padreroyalataol

Nov 17 @ 12:44PM  

Seasons Greetings to ALL !
Pray like there's no tomorrow,, One day your be right !
Shalom ya-All
Richard
six3indallas

Nov 17 @ 1:28PM  
I've seen this as well. I thought it was interesting, though, that the last half was not from Stein. His original piece from 2005 ended with "....But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to." There was also a short part at the beginning that gets left out of the email version.

The last half was added in '06 by someone else and then forwarded on with Ben Stein still being credited for the whole thing.

The fact that the last half was added by someone else doesn't mean it's good, bad or indifferent, it just wasn't Stein who wrote that part.

If you'd like to see the full original text, along with the transcript from that part of the Sunday Morning show, here's the link:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/benstein2.asp

GSpotGina

Nov 17 @ 2:07PM  
I do want to say that article is very well written and enjoyable. Definitely thoughts to ponder. I'm not trying to be a pooper, but there is a time and place for every discussion. Given the bibles views on adulter, fornication, lasciviousness, lust, unnatural sex between men, whores, abominations, etc.... is this really the place for such discussion? Even Christmas in a religious context? Why does this give me the guilty feeling that keeps me out of church?
mzhunyhole

Nov 18 @ 11:38AM  
I kept shaking my head..yes..yes..yes...

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