Ben Stein’s Confessions for the Holidays

I received this in my email today. Snopes.com says it is correctly attributed, but it also notes that it has been modified and added to over the years. The original comments were made in 2005 on CBS’ Sunday Morning Commentary. Please read my comments at the end.

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 creche, 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 ( Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said okay.

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 startsending 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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Re: the C’mas greeting … It’s not about being threatened. It’s about the CHRISTIANS making such a big deal out of whether or not it’s used.

Personally, I prefer to wish people Happy Holidays because I’m sending good wishes for BOTH holidays … C’mas and New Year’s. But the CHRISTIANS get all ‘twitter-pated’ (a phrase my daughter uses) because they think the ‘meaning’ of C’mas is being ignored.

God doesn’t leave us. God doesn’t ignore us. God is always here. It’s PEOPLE that are the problem and injecting God into the schools or anywhere else is not going to make people change. They have to make that decision within themselves.

One thing Ben said that I totally agree with … We should all be allowed to worship God in our own way.

2 thoughts on “Ben Stein’s Confessions for the Holidays

  1. I disagree, Nan, which comes as no surprise to you. There is a stident and on-going war against Christians in general and Christmas in particular. It is led by the ACLU in support of atheists.

    Frankly, I don’t care whether they believe in God or not – they can worship frogs, if they like. But, something on the order of 85% of Americans say they believe in God. No, that doesn’t mean they’re all Christians, I understand that’s about 75% of the US.

    But the atheists want the public acknowledgment of God in general and Christmas (and Easter) in particular stopped. As they are a very small minority of the population, and as majority is supposed to rule in a democracy, and as this is supposed to be a democracy, they have the right to shut up about it.

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