Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Ben Stein Takes A Stand for God on CBS Sunday Morning

Below is a email we received. We don't know when Ben Stein did this interview on CBS but after reading the email, we knew we had to share it.

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 rèche, 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 Americawe 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

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

Are you laughing yet?

Ben Stein

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When we tried to search for a video or something about this statement Ben Stein made. We didn't find much. But we did find articles sharing that he did say this and we are happy to be able to share it with you.

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