Ben Stein

I don’t normally put anything on my blog that I didn’t personally write. I mean, it is MY blog….but when I got this email from my dad, I felt like I needed to pass it along. Sorry, it won’t make you laugh, but it might make you think. I hope it does, because frankly, we don’t think enough….cause I said so.


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

My confession:

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.

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.
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


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3 thoughts on “Ben Stein

  1. Ben Stein disgust me.The reason the Bible is not in school is that it is a religious text.I don’t demand that my kid must be able to read Buddhist sutras in school.He can do that at home.When he’s in school,he is being taught secular teachings(like math,science,and history.)that he can apply in society.He can learn religion at home.

  2. Unfortunately, too many people are interested in changing the culture of society to make it conform to their way of thinking. I call it a malaise of selfishness. With respect to the Constitution, it provides that man has unalienable rights which come from God. If God were to be written out of the Constitution, the rights of man would be determined by the state. Thus, there’s a lot of pushing and shoving going on.

    • If you think that that sentence actually has some powerful meaning,it doesn’t.It has as much power as dust in the wind.The state determines what man’s rights are,the statement that we all have rights from God is as meaningful as dust in the wind.
      Don’t interpret this as bashing Christianity,or Monotheism in general,its just that the Bible should have it’s influence at home,and nowhere else.I feel the same about my own religion’s text and all religions in general.If a judge wishes to keep a Bible next to him,then I’m personally fine with that.Just as Muslims the Koran,the Hindus the Bhagavad Gita,etc.

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