Ben Stein’s commentary

steinThe following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary. I felt the need to share it because it was so good.

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. 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.

The following paragraphs were not part of the original Ben Stein commentary. We are correcting this post and refer you to our new post containing the actual video and original transcript.   Ben Stein Commentary Correction

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.

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5 Responses to “Ben Stein’s commentary”
  1. Bridgid says:

    Hello Kathleen

    Having just made an embarrassing mistake on Facebook by passing on an email that was partially legitimate (the rest of the email being bogus) I wanted to let you know that this post is also only partially legitimate.

    Stein’s commentary ends with the sentence “But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.”

    Everything after the fourth paragraph is not part of Ben Stein’s commentary on CBS. According to Snopes, it was added on via a chain email sometime in 2006. The correct transcript is at Ben Stein’s Web page:

  2. Bridget,

    I want to thank you for finding that, I did more reasearch and actually found the commentary video which I will post right after I make this comment.

    And actually it was only the first four paragraghs that had impressed me any way, but I always post the whole thing when I post. But seeing the whole thing was not true I am going to edit this post as well and post to the video for anyone that is interested.

  3. Stone Langer says:

    “Say, you got a pleasant article.Many thanks again. Fantastic.”

  4. Thamra Crawford says:

    Where are people coming from saying they are not being allowed to their Religion and Beliefs. What is being said is their Religion and Beliefs are no longer being allowed to be pushed down everyone’s throats. So if my Beliefs are mine and only mine I’m not allowed to my Beliefs because I don’t have a Church or group of people following me and you want to push your beliefs down my throat by laws and rules. How is your way letting people to be free to their Religion and Beliefs under our Constitution. We are no longer 90% Christian in the USA and must respect everyone else and their Religions and Beliefs. When you get down to it Christian should be more upset over all the commercializing of Christmas and those making huge profits off of Christmas that are not Christian. Hum I think many are Jewish so guess that’s why they are not complaining. Your living in a fantasy if you think your Religion and or Beliefs are going to change all the greed and corruption in the world and in fact Religion and Beliefs are the cause of many problems in our world. Go ahead keep pushing your Religion and Beliefs on people but many people have woken up to the reality of it all.


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