Monday, July 13, 2009

Ben Stein on Religious Tolerance and Societal Decay.

Way to go Ben Stein! I got this e-mail today. Tell me if it doesn't apply now more than ever. In this picture he looks just like my dad.

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. (Amen brother Stein!!) 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 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 attacks, school shootings, and the like, 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.'

It's 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. 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


  1. thanks my friend..what an excellent find!...truth in every solitary word!

  2. Angel this is the best e-mail I've gotten in a looong time! How inspirational.

  3. I love Ben... even if he has been reduced to doing stupid commercials as of late...

  4. He is sort of an odd character, isn't he Farmer? What was his original claim to fame? Is he an actor?

  5. He was a Republican speech writer for the White House... Nixon? Reagan? I can't remember.

  6. ...but he's best known for his acting roll in Ferris Bueller's Day Off...

  7. Farmer, Ben was a speechwriter for Nixon and Ford. Which may help to explain why he's not RELIABLY conservative. He is a talented speechwriter though. I'm also not a great fan of his economic advice, he tends to be as wrong as the next economist. LOL!

    BUT when Ben is right, he is PROFOUND! As witnessed by this e-mail and the accompanying commentary. In this picture he looks remarkably like my dad, I can't get over the resemblance. They certainly have a different voice and demeanor, but the picture...I'm guessing that we share some genes? :-)

  8. kind of makes me want to cry, but a lot lately has made me feel like crying.
    This was beautiful, it's so good to know people think like this still (all 30 of us, right?!!!)...thanks, Morgan.
    If he looks like you're dad, I'd have to say you're way cuter than your dad (Smile) (kidding!...I think!) but I have to say there are few guys I know who I like to listen to talk about their dad more than you.
    I hope you post on him some'd touch a bit on him at FPM, etc., he sounds like SUCH a good guy!

  9. He does in THIS picture Z. Not so much in others.

    And thanks for the nice words! I haven't written about pops because I don't think he'd want me too. I may share one of his HILARIOUS and bawdy letters some day. I got one the yesterday about our Presidential prospects now that some of our "stars" can't seem to keep it zipped up. I'm not sure this is the proper forum...