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I started a new thread. I did look at the excisting "live" threads and didn't think it was "on topic" in any of them ...........

> > > > > > > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > > > > 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 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 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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Based on a commentary from Dec. 2005, the above posting has been expanded beyond Ben's original comments.

You can view the original transcript and how it was amended at:
http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/benstein2.asp




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