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A moving commentary by Ben Stein on how people are trying to remove God from American society and the effects it is having.

A moving commentary by Ben Stein on how people are trying to remove God from American society and the effects it is having.



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  • American Christmas???Apparently the White House referred toChristmas Trees as Holiday Trees for the firsttime this year which prompted CBSpresenter, Ben Stein, to present this piecewhich I would like to share with you. I thinkit applies just as much to many countries as itdoes to America ...
  • The following was written by Ben Stein and recitedby him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.My confession:I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestorswas Jewish.• it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees• I dont feel threatened• I dont feel discriminated againstThats what they are, Christmas trees. View slide
  • It doesnt bother me a bit when people say,Merry Christmas to me. I dont think they areslighting me or getting ready to put me in aghetto. In fact, I kind of like it• It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year• It doesnt 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, its just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away. View slide
  • I dont like getting pushed around for being aJew, and I dont think Christians like gettingpushed around for being Christians.I think people who believe in God are sick andtired of getting pushed around, period.I have no idea where the concept came from,that America is an explicitly atheist country.I cant find it in the Constitution and I dont likeit 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 arent allowed to worship God ?• I guess thats a sign that Im 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 oneanother for a laugh, this is a little different:>>>This is not intended to be a joke;its not funny, its intended to getyou thinking.
  • Billy Grahams daughter was interviewed on theEarly Show and Jane Clayson asked her How couldGod let something like this happen? (regardingHurricane Katrina).. Anne Graham gave anextremely profound and insightful response.She said, I believe God is deeply saddened by this,just as we are, but for years weve been telling Godto get out of our schools, to get out of ourgovernment and to get out of our lives. And beingthe gentleman He is, I believe He has calmlybacked out.How can we expect God to give us His blessing andHis protection if we demand He leave us alone?
  • In light of recent events... terrorists attack, schoolshootings, etc…..I think it started when Madeleine Murray OHare(she was murdered, her body found a few yearsago) complained she didnt want prayer in ourschools, and we said OK.Then someone said you better not read the Biblein school. The Bible says:• thou shalt not kill• thou shalt not steal• love your neighbor as yourself.And we said OK.
  • Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldntspank our children when they misbehave,because their little personalities would bewarped and we might damage their self-esteem(Dr. Spocks son committed suicide).We said an expert should know what hestalking about.And we said okay.
  • Now were asking ourselves:• why our children have no conscience• why they dont know right from wrong• why it doesnt bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.Probably, if we think about it long and hardenough, we can figure it out.I think it has a great deal to do with WE REAPWHAT WE SOW.
  • Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the worlds 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 youlaughing yet?
  • • Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because youre 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 on this message if you believe it has merit.If not, then just discard it.... no one will know you did.But, if you discard this thought process, dont sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.My Best Regards,Honestly and respectfully,Ben Stein
  • ABOUT BEN STEIN• Benjamin Jeremy "Ben" Stein was born November 25, 1944• A Jewish American actor, writer, lawyer, and commentator on political and economic issues• A speechwriter for American presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford• Was an Emmy Award-winning game show host (Win Ben Stein’s money)• Writes frequent commentaries and does public speaking on a wide range of economic, political, and social issues, along with giving financial advice to individual investors• Attended school with journalist Carl Bernstein, actress Goldie Hawn and actor Sylvester Stallone• He majored in Economics at Columbia University’s Columbia College, where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi socieity and the Philolexian Society• After graduating with honors from Columbia in 1966, Stein went to Yale Law School, graduating in June 1970. He says that he did not have the highest grades in his class at Yale, but was voted valedictorian by the students because he was most popular.• Played the economics teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off• Recurring role in the TV series The Wonder Years