Good questions from Ben Stein

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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 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 bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards, Honestly and Respectfully,

Ben Stein

5 thoughts on “Good questions from Ben Stein

  1. Glad you posted this; I love articles by Mr. Stein. I do believe he’s right about the change in our landscape. Something that I’ve been is this football player named Tim Tebow. I just think it’s odd that no one will hire him. Maybe he has been (I don’t keep up with sports.) I only read about him because, um, he played in FL at one time (yeah, that’s it!) From what I read, he won the Heisman Trophy. I also read that he played well for some pro teams, and brought in a crapload of fans. But everyone says he sucks so he was fired. I don’t get it. If I were the director of a football team, I would want the best players and those who could put butts in seats….. I reckon I’m curious as to whether or not God’s been kicked out of American football, too……

  2. Good thoughts and opinions here…Thanks.

    I can’t help myself, I have to remind everyone that liberal/socialists/progressives just can’t pass up that brown paper bag of excrement: The HAVE to stomp on it! (Thanks, Rush)

    Look at what has happened in 2013! I don’t want to repeat all the troubles and travails of The Bummer and his administration in Just This One Year!

    And we have THREE MORE YEARS to look forward to this bunch of deviants to show us what tricks they can perform from their Center Ring Circus!

    We Americans are too hearty, durable and resonant to be subdued or intimidated by the current FRAUD president, dingy harry and his lackey band.

    God Bless America!
    EdwardS

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