Ben Stein's CBS Sunday Morning Commentary

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JM

Puritan Board Doctor
If this has been posted already just delete it, but I did a search and didn't see it yet...

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 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 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
 

DMcFadden

Puritanboard Commissioner
He was at a funeral I did a few years back and engaged me in a very probing discussion afterwards regarding my use of John's Gospel in the homily. The man is a Yale law school valedictorian and is quite sympathetic to conservative Christians (cf. Dennis Prager or Mike Medved for other Jews who champion our cause). In a couple of months he is coming out with the movie documentary ("Expelled") defending Intelligent Design and decrying the hegemony of the Darwinists.
 

No Longer A Libertine

Puritan Board Senior
He was at a funeral I did a few years back and engaged me in a very probing discussion afterwards regarding my use of John's Gospel in the homily. The man is a Yale law school valedictorian and is quite sympathetic to conservative Christians (cf. Dennis Prager or Mike Medved for other Jews who champion our cause). In a couple of months he is coming out with the movie documentary ("Expelled") defending Intelligent Design and decrying the hegemony of the Darwinists.
Stein was Richard Nixon's speech writer and an adviser to Gerald Ford when he was in Washington, most know him better as the dry teacher in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, but he's a conservative intellect that I wish to heaven would become a believer so he could be more than an American hero.
 

calgal

Puritan Board Graduate
Snopes corrected this: the first 4 paragraphs are Ben Stein but the rest is wishful thinking by the original email author. Anne Graham Lotz said something quite different in her interview (and her actual quote is pretty darn good). Per Snopes, Ms. Lotz did say, in effect, that we cannot simultaneously reject God in our daily lives yet still expect His protection when disaster strikes, but now a paraphrase of one response she made in the course of a longer interview has been offered as a direct quote, and all the details about the context in which she made the remark have been gotten wrong. :D
 

Poimen

Puritan Board Post-Graduate
Thank you posting that. Some interesting thoughts...

But didn't anyone ughh catch this?

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?'

God a gentlemen? If Mr. Stein thinks that this is extremely profound and insightful response about God then I think America is in more trouble than we thought. It is not just the irreligious that are the problem with America. Those who espouse this type of God are just as guilty of idolatry as the rest of them. :2cents:
 

caddy

Puritan Board Senior
He was at a funeral I did a few years back and engaged me in a very probing discussion afterwards regarding my use of John's Gospel in the homily. The man is a Yale law school valedictorian and is quite sympathetic to conservative Christians (cf. Dennis Prager or Mike Medved for other Jews who champion our cause). In a couple of months he is coming out with the movie documentary ("Expelled") defending Intelligent Design and decrying the hegemony of the Darwinists.

This sounds interesting..!:up:
 
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