Ben Stein’s thoughts on the Holiday Trees

Interesting perspective that i agree with:

Ben Stein. Apparently the White House referred to Christmas Trees as Holiday Trees for the first time this year, which prompted Ben Stein, to say, 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, bejewelled 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 nativity scene, 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… terrorist attacks, 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 a bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein

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  • atlmom5  On December 28, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Great piece!!! I would however, like to speak on the spanking issue. I’m a parent who doesn’t believe in spanking, but I will never force my opinion or views onto another parent on that issue…unless it is outright abuse. I have honestly witnessed a parent strike her newly walking child–this child had to be under 15 months of age and she struck this child several times on her bare legs with a switch because she wasn’t walking fast enough. Needless to say, the child slowed down even more because she was crying and in pain.Now that is an abusive situation to me, and sometimes as citizens we have to step in and then there are other times where we might have to step in and call Child Protective Services, but most of the time if we could just give a helping hand or a listening ear to a frustrated parent, it could do a world of good.

    As a mother of five and former childcare provider to several, I love kids and want the best for them. My philosophy has always been, children need structure and discipline and it doesn’t hurt for a parent or caregiver to exhibit certain types of behavior either. Children shouldn’t be handed everything either, they should learn at an early age that they can’t get everything they want. I’ve never had a problem out of my children throwing a temper tantrum in a public space because they couldn’t get a piece of candy or a new toy. I’ve always been honest with my kids about our finances and the difference between Needs and Wants, however, what I’ve noticed over the years working with many families–some were spankers and some were not, was their inconsistent parenting. When we set rules, you stick with those rules and then as they mature then you can change rules as you see fit, but changing rules every two weeks or every month isn’t helping their child and it definitely isn’t helping them as a parent.

    Well that was just my two cents on discipline. I just think if you’re a parent that believes in spanking your child then that’s okay. That’s your parenting style and philosophy, and same thing goes for the non spankers……no one is better than the other—the thing parents need to realize is: kids rather have your time and energy more than anything in the world.

    Hope you had a Merry Christmas and Wishing You a Wonderful New Year!!!

  • blogkommonsents  On December 28, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:
    Amen to this truth in lending Christmas story. When Obama was elected as leader of this country, we let the DEVIL in our country and now that we have found him out – our representatives have joined him in the evil and let the people down. So what do the people now do – fight fire with fire – clean out the government in the next election.

    kommonsentsjane

    • Bill  On December 31, 2015 at 3:35 am

      Until the hoi polloi come to the realization that “our representatives” and the president answer to the same masters. The ruse of the two party system is to dupe the masses into believing that we are being offered a choice of political ideologies and to keep us distracted arguing over which party offer the best solutions. The problem is that they all take money from the same masters to advance the agenda of the masters. At the end of the day the result is always expanded government, bigger deficits and more government regulations. Donald Trump is so despised by all sides of the political spectrum because his refusal to accept money from the money masters allow him freedom from being beholden to them, hence he owes no one. This represents the greatest threat to this deeply entrenched system that they have ever confronted.

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