Monday, December 22, 2008

My Confession:

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

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 Nativity Scene, 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.

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 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 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 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


CaliforniaCrusader said...

Fr. Malloy,
Thanks for posting this enlightened letter by someone who is finally talking sense when it comes to religion in America. Isn't our motto "In God We Trust"?

Anonymous said...

I may not be american but i do however have an opinion and i unfortunatly fail to agree with this and i do hope you do not take it as an offense but only as a differnt view of opinion and a way of getting that across.

I'm not as old as probably other people that read this, i'm not even a adult yet, however i read this as a friend like you're work. it is how i came around to it, still. We do not take God out of school and work, the fact you have to have these thing in school surely only means that we are forcing it upon them and you should never force something like religion. If you want to talk about relgion you are free but to have the bible and yet not to have all the other relgious articule about i believe is unfair and i believe not having anything is not actually shunning God or telling him to step back but widening the horzon. Letting him come in all shapes and forms whatever they may be, christian, jew, islam, muslim and all the others. i thinks its a way we can all share our belief. you do not have to be forced into it or told to do it at all.

on another issue i hardly think america is atheist in my honest opinion it is one of the most relgious countries around, i think that great and i also think hitting a child is wrong and no matter what, it only shows how bad the parent is if there child disrepects them so much that violence is the only anwser.

Where i live it good, we are not pushed into a religion and the choice is open to us, i happily choose my own relgion with no family or outside elements and only by what i found from my own prays.i do not think having bibles or not etc in school will make a difference and for the evil in the world, i can see that and i can only put it down to the wrongs the human race is doing itself. It is not God backing away, for he will alway be there no matter what and always bless us, it is only our choice whether to accept it and therefore it is down to us alone not the goverment or the bible etc.