Posted by: cranky | November 17, 2007

Ben Stein’s Confession

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 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 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 OK.

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?

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

Amen

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Responses

  1. And to think, this guy is going to back Al Franken.
    I just don’t get it.

  2. I know. That is a really weird choice it seems to me. They might be friends but who endorses a friend’s dumb idea to touch the third rail.

  3. I’ve always had a soft spot for Ben Stein. His heart is in the right place, there’s no doubt about that.

    But WTF on the Al Franken thing, man.

  4. It’s kinda like the Ron Silver thing.
    He’ll back Bush, speak at the Republican convention, take shit from his peers, and lose work over it all.
    But change parties?
    Out of the question.

  5. Good find, cranky.

  6. I get email (thank God!) from friends ’cause I frequently don’t have nothing. I have no idea when this appeared but it is appropriate to both the season and the general secular war against believers.

    Although, apparently Christian crosses and camel toe do mix.

    The outfit kind of begs the question: bare, landing strip, or well trimmed?

  7. You left off the 4th option: welcome mat.

  8. Is Sharon Stone a virgin?

  9. Rosetta, she’s got three kids but I think she went the Angelina Jolie route on all three. So technically she could be a virgin. A batshit crazy virgin but yeah, it’s possible.

    I would be willing to rectify that possibility for her for the right amount of money and future medical care. Even if she were not a virgin I’d still hit it for the money and medical care. Just so long as she didn’t open her mouth for the purpose of talking.

    Since we’re talking dirty here, where’s PornDeb?


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