Ben Stein’s Christmas Confession, 2005

Posted: December 14, 2013 in America, Christianity
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tree 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. Is this 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.” – Ben Stein, CBS News, as quoted by Scott Strosahl of The Examiner

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