Ben Stein

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2011 at 7:13 AM

OCTOBER 30, 2011


The news as
I see it and the views as I want them.

October 30 is … National Candy Corn Day


This should be tomorrow. I like candy corn; so does my dog.


We are getting close to the holiday season. Every year we will hear
about some jerk with more time on their hands and money in their wallet than
brain matter in their head bitch about a traditional Christmas ornament or
decoration and demand it be changed, moved or taken down. I have never talked
to anyone who agrees with these yearly battles but they keep happening. Ben
Stein recently chimed in with his thoughts.

following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning

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? 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

written Mr. Stein; lead on.

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too or at least think


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