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What Happened To God By Ben Stein


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This article was wriiten by Ben Stein. Most people know him as a comedian/ actor, but he is actually a lawyer and he used to be a Presidential speech writer. He wrote speeches for Presidents like Nixon and Reagan. He is also Jewish, and deeply religious. Here is the article, then I will make my observations on it.

 

Herewith at this happy time of year, a few confessions from my beating heart: I have no freaking clue who Nick and Jessica are. I see them on the cover of People and Us constantly when I am buying my dog biscuits and kitty litter. I often ask the checkers at the grocery stores. They never know who Nick and Jessica are either. Who are they? Will it change my life if I know who they are and why they have broken up? Why are they so important?

I don't know who Lindsay Lohan is either, and I do not care at all about Tom Cruise's wife.

Am I going to be called before a Senate committee and asked if I am a subversive? Maybe, but I just have no clue who Nick and Jessica are.

If this is what it means to be no longer young. It's not so bad.

Next 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 Nick and Jessica 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 Nick and Jessica 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 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 recently) 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 OK.

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?

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.

 

This article has really made me think. Is the world really going to hell because people have stopped believing in god? Now, that's not to say that I believe in god, but has the mere belief in him been the only thing that has kept people acting decently towards each other in the past? Has the fear of going to hell been what has kept people on the straight and narrow? I wonder if the only reason many people were nice to each other, was because they were afraid that god would smite them if they weren't. It is extremely obvious that most people these days don't give a damn about anybody but themselves. The crime rates have risen exponentially, most strangers on the street will not even acknowledge your existence unless you do something that they don't like. Although it has been coming for a long time, all of this seems to have occured within the last ten years or so (maybe a little longer, if you live in a big city). I guess, what I really want your opinions on is whether or not humanity can actually manage to stay civilized without the belief that some higher power will punish them if they don't?

 

Disclaimer: Before anybody gets offended, let me just say that this is not a direct commentary on anyone in here. This is simply a general, overall view of society as a whole. Also, anything stated in quotes is the work of Ben Stein and has no bearing on my opinions whatsoever.

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For starters, that entire message isn't the writing of Ben Stein. Most of it has been added.

 

And by who, or more precisely -- what -- I wonder. :scratch:

 

 

http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/benstein2.asp

 

http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_b...n_christmas.htm

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I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country.
I know where the concept came from. It came from you!! I never heard that one before you came along, boss, so if you're tired of having it crammed down your throat, then maybe you stop shitting in your hand and putting it in your mouth. America is a country of religious freedom, founded upon secular values, such values being the only way religious objectivity in government could be achieved. Secular does NOT mean atheist. It does mean non-religious.

 

I know Ben Stein is not an idiot. Therefore, the only conclusion I can draw from this misinformed rant is that it is a form of propagandizing.

 

You happy people can say Merry Christmas? You happy that you can be a Jew in peace? Thank this "Atheist" (secular) nation for that. Cuz' realistically, it's not an atheist nation, and it damn sure ain't a Jew nation, in the eyes of some. It's a Christian nation, and if those poeple get their way that menorah isn't going to be up in public much longer.

 

 

Actually, reading those last few sentences made me think this 'article' wasn't written by Ben Stein at all. It's yet another christ chrispie chain jerker. But I'll leave the previous intact, just in case it isn't.

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