[Bonwicke] Remarks on CBS Sunday..please read!

Jesus Cavazos toshirokoi at hotmail.com
Thu Nov 18 14:44:09 PST 2010

CBS Sunday

Thought provoking, no matter what your stance is. 

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, 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 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 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 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 S 

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