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***An Email From Ben Stein***
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Posted on 01/08/2013 1:38:03 PM PST by The Wizard

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

My confession:

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. 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 Stein


TOPICS: Current Events; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: chat; misc; vanity

1 posted on 01/08/2013 1:38:09 PM PST by The Wizard
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To: All

I know a lot of my fellow Freepers missed this because like them, I would Never, ever watch CBS....but it’s very good, and very true, now what do we do about it.....


2 posted on 01/08/2013 1:39:47 PM PST by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: The Wizard

Mostly false

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


3 posted on 01/08/2013 1:42:34 PM PST by FewsOrange
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To: The Wizard
Ben Stein: Taxes Are Too Low - Yeah, I don't listen to him anymore.
4 posted on 01/08/2013 1:57:29 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: FewsOrange

Just as I suspected. You beat me to it.


5 posted on 01/08/2013 2:03:13 PM PST by mark3681
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To: The Wizard

In the liberal mindset, one cannot properly worship Obama if his mind is distracted by any other gods.


6 posted on 01/08/2013 2:06:39 PM PST by monocle
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To: The Wizard

If there’s one thing I despise it’s being told by an email that I’m a giant p*ssy if I don’t forward it to a certain number of people.

I don’t care what the subject is; Gun rights, religion, abortion...

FU email writer.


7 posted on 01/08/2013 2:15:53 PM PST by servo1969
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To: FewsOrange

You know Snopes is run by leftists...? A stopped clock that’s tinkered with by people with an agenda...


8 posted on 01/08/2013 2:21:27 PM PST by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: The Wizard; All

Buehler. .buehler


9 posted on 01/08/2013 2:27:16 PM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: The Wizard

Ben supported Al Franken.

Ben is a turd.


10 posted on 01/08/2013 2:34:24 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR: Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: servo1969

+1

and

AMEN!

(Same with “must read.” Oh, no, I mustn’t)


11 posted on 01/08/2013 2:45:38 PM PST by Mad Dawg (In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum.)
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To: servo1969

+1

and

AMEN!

(Same with “must read.” Oh, no, I mustn’t)


12 posted on 01/08/2013 2:46:03 PM PST by Mad Dawg (In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum.)
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To: The Wizard

Good for Ben Stein! (He gets some economics and other things wrong, but at his core he has some good integrity and, from time to time, good wisdom to share... He’s certainly not one of the many I’d recommend Automatically Tuning Out...)


13 posted on 01/08/2013 3:04:39 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Ben supported Al Franken.

Why do he support him? Because he's Jewish?

14 posted on 01/08/2013 3:17:29 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: faithhopecharity

I enjoy Ben Stein and his blog at American Spectator. But he isn’t pure.. that is to say, he is not a pure conservative, so many here at FR, just prattle on with the name calling.

I don’t agree with everything he says, I’m just saying I enjoy his writing, for the most part. He gets my thumbs up about 30 to 40 % of the time.


15 posted on 01/08/2013 3:30:59 PM PST by Chuzzlewit
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To: presently no screen name

Fellow entertainer/star.

I kid you, not.


16 posted on 01/08/2013 3:52:26 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR: Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: Chuzzlewit

Agreed!


17 posted on 01/08/2013 3:58:54 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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not written by Ben Stein, but maybe written by Albert Einsten depending on whose little ole ladies email list your on.


18 posted on 01/08/2013 4:51:14 PM PST by RBStealth
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To: The Wizard

Bump.....


19 posted on 01/08/2013 9:07:10 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: The Wizard

From reading the comments i assume Stein is a democrat or a liberal.

That being the case he obviously would not be my ideal in politics.

But since he told it just like it is i can,t help but say AMEN i don,t give a dam who he is.


20 posted on 01/09/2013 2:42:42 AM PST by ravenwolf
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To: The Wizard
This article says that Dr. Benjamin Spock's son committed suicide, but this is not the case. Both of his sons, Michael and John, are still alive. Michael's son, Peter, (Dr. Spock's grandson) did commit suicide.

This whole paragraph about Spock's son committing suicide, appeared, word of word, 10 or 11 years ago in an article attributed to Billy Graham's daughter. I'm not sure that even she was the origin of it, just that the statement was attributed to her.

It makes me wonder whether Ben Stein actually wrote this piece.

21 posted on 01/09/2013 6:05:24 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Takes on to know one, and vice versa.)
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