Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Ben Stein~A Jew~Christmas Trees and God

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Ben Stein

Remarks from CBS Sunday Morning, A Must Read If You Are Human! Only hope we find GOD again before it is too late!

Also, I have included a video at the bottom of this blog post with Ben Stein, he is interviewed by Fox News about his comments about Christmas and Christians.

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, bejeweled 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 celebrities 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 these celebrities
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 Hurricane 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 a few years ago) 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
neighbor 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. We said an expert should know what
he’s talking about. And we said ‘okay’. (Dr. Spock’s son committed
suicide.)

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why
they 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’s 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 yet? 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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