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Ben Stein — CBS Sunday Morning...
« on: September 22, 2008, 12:43:10 PM »
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 crib, 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.

— End Ben Steins talking here — Also "celebrities" was used instead of "Nick and Jessica".
 
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 Earl y 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 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.
 
The n 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 grandson 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 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: Ben Stein CBS Sunday Morning...
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2008, 01:57:44 PM »
Good one.

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Re: Ben Stein CBS Sunday Morning...
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2008, 02:39:46 PM »
A good  book... THE SHACK by William P. Young. I just finished this with a couple friends.  All of us agreed it was good and WELL worth re-reading..

Heres what it reads on the back cover description...In a World where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant THE SHACK wrestles with the timeless question, "Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?" The answers will astound you and perhaps transform you.

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Re: Ben Stein CBS Sunday Morning...
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2008, 02:49:13 PM »
It is all so True
Why do people say "grow some balls"? Balls are weak and vulnerable, if you want to toughen up, grow a vagina. These things can take a pounding!

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Re: Ben Stein CBS Sunday Morning...
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2008, 03:33:23 PM »
While I totally agree with everything written above, I do want to note that not all of it was from Ben Stein's commentary.  The second half was added by others later. Also, Dr. Spock's son did not commit suicide.

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


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Re: Ben Stein — CBS Sunday Morning...
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2008, 03:35:32 PM »
Damn e-mails... Still nice one though... ;D

Dr. Spock's son did not commit suicide.

You sure ??
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Re: Ben Stein CBS Sunday Morning...
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2008, 03:39:01 PM »
Sometimes, I say a lot of smart stuff followed by a few stupid things..  The smart stuff doesn't stand a chance.

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Re: Ben Stein CBS Sunday Morning...
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2008, 03:39:47 PM »
Damn e-mails... Still nice one though... ;D

Dr. Spock's son did not commit suicide.


You sure ??

http://www.snopes.com/medical/doctor/drspock.asp

Snopes hasn't been wrong yet...at least not that I'm aware of! :)

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Re: Ben Stein CBS Sunday Morning...
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2008, 03:43:07 PM »
I have fixed the first post to be more accurate... ;D

Thanks JAGGIRL.. ;D
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Re: Ben Stein CBS Sunday Morning...
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2008, 05:40:55 PM »
i like Ben Stein. he's a smart dude. one of the mags i read, Mental Floss, had some readers up in arms because he wrote a piece on wealth in America. not because of what he wrote but because they were liberal and didn't want to hear what he said.
 on the second part i know Ben didn't write that because he is smart and i think both he and i don't think God works that way. Voltaire, the famous philosopher, quit believing in a God because of a big earth quake in his day that killed hundreds worshiping in a church in Spain. some bad people have great things happen to them. some good people have bad things happen to them. it is not for us to understand now and i don't think we can judge what happened or didn't by that measure.

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Re: Ben Stein CBS Sunday Morning...
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2008, 05:54:37 PM »
Too bad the people that really need to read this probably won't.
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Re: Ben Stein CBS Sunday Morning...
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2008, 10:14:33 PM »
Thanks Garg. As usual, You gave us food for thought. I feel that all who post on this site are Christians. At least judging from the way that when someone really needs them, they come through. Giving of themselves to make someones life better as God wants us to do. This country was founded on the basic fundamentals of the bible. And I, for one, believe in "One Nation Under God".
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Re: Ben Stein CBS Sunday Morning...
« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2008, 08:45:14 AM »
I have fixed the first post to be more accurate... ;D

Thanks JAGGIRL.. ;D

No problem!

I also second what the godfather said. Our founding fathers intended us to be "One Nation Under God"!!!!

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Re: Ben Stein CBS Sunday Morning...
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2008, 04:36:59 PM »
Thanks Garg. As usual, You gave us food for thought. I feel that all who post on this site are Christians. At least judging from the way that when someone really needs them, they come through. Giving of themselves to make someones life better as God wants us to do. This country was founded on the basic fundamentals of the bible. And I, for one, believe in "One Nation Under God".
not all of us are Christians on here, but we do seem to have many similar thoughts and do help eachother as one tiny nation
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Re: Ben Stein CBS Sunday Morning...
« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2008, 06:31:04 PM »
Very well writen, that gose for the comments allso.
I just sent Ben Stein's commets to all the people on my E-mail list.
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