11.06.2011

They're called CHRISTMAS Trees, Mr. Obama.

Update: It was brought to my attention that this statement was actually made a few years ago & is not in response to the White House calling Christmas trees something different. Regardless, the statement still holds truth & I apologize for not providing the whole story.

CBS presenter, Ben Stein, made a statement regarding Christmas trees. I am not Jewish, I am Christian, however I feel Mr. Stein makes some very valid points. 


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


"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, bejewelled 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 crib, 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? 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 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 neighbour 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. 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 comments:

Nancy said...

I love, love, love this. Ben Stein hit the nail on the head. Great post. Thanks for sharing!

Libby's Life said...

I am a new follower! Thought I'd say hi! Oh my goodness this touched me! I believe every word he said and I will be posting this on my blog and emailing it out to my friends because it is so powerful and gives us ALL something to really think about. I spank my child because I was spanked and I didn't turn out crazy. I think it's important that we don't forget where we came from and who created us. We all have to live together and I am sick and tired of people trying to get God out of everything. It breaks my heart. I love my Lord who has done so much for me. I pray every day and I am going to be teaching my son to pray and taking him to church because I believe we should all know that God loves each and everyone of us and if we choose to follow Him, He will always be there for us in our times of need. Thank you for posting this so that I can post it for my readers. :)

Bethany G said...

Love this! Right on!

laughinbrunette (Jennifer) said...

This is only true in part...if you check:
http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/confessions.asp

You'll see his article/letter appeared first in 2005. The supposed quote from the White House started making the rounds on the internet in 2009. The above link also points to another article about the falseness of the White House and President Obama calling them Holiday Trees...never happened. Stein's article just was simply not a response to what it is being attributed to..whether you agree or not with what he actually said is fine...but the preface is incorrect.

Erin said...

What an AWESOME post! I can totally understand where he is coming from...especially being in a public school classroom....there are so many times that I want to talk about Christ but I am not allowed to...or I would be cast out. I wish God could be everywhere!