Ben Stein on God in America

Apparently the White House referred to Christmas Trees as Holiday
Trees for the first time this year which prompted CBS presenter, Ben
Stein, to present this piece which I would like to share with you. I
think it applies just as much to many countries as it does to America

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
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 ?
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
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