Christmas Trees as Holiday Trees
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Apparently the White House referred to Christmas Trees as Holiday Trees for the first time this year, which prompted CBS presenter, Ben Stein, to present this piece which I would like to share with you.

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 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? 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... terrorist attacks, 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 a bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein


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Sheran commented on Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 19:36 PM

Bill O'Reilly on this subject!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFtpBs...

Sheran commented on Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 19:43 PM

By the way! I say Merry Christmas to all store employees every year! I never once got the "LOOK" they always smile...

timeontarget commented on Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 06:28 AM

"In light of recent events...terrorist attacks, school shootings etc. I think it started with 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."

"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."

timeontarget commented on Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 06:41 AM

"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.' "

Above comments taken from CBS presenter Ben Stein who composed and recited them on the CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

timeontarget commented on Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 06:55 AM

On December 15, 2012 Timeontarget commented on sebekm's blog Exixting Gun Control Again Proves Inadequate.

"When we let the liberals kick God out of the front door of the schools the Devil sneaked into the back door. The back door was opened by liberals"

I remain convinced that the liberals among us are responsible for the moral decay of the past several decades.

Having imposed their will on our culture they have brought about a society which is lacking of Godliness and love and kindness.

The liberals are responsible for the school shootings and embracing the ways of the Devil.

timeontarget commented on Friday, Nov 08, 2013 at 07:10 AM

"I have never asked you or anyone to censor their opinions."

Does that include Timeontarget.

Timeontarget just like everyone else who contributes to this community blog site has an opinion on most all subjects.

The Courier webmaster is allowing this stupidity to contribute to the decline in participation on this community blog site.

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 12:29 PM

I have not been able to post anything because our computer at home finally died.

It will probably be Thanksgiving or after before I'm able to get back to contributing because I don't normally get on this computer to participate in this community blog site.

I hope all of you enjoy the Thanksgiving and rejoice in harvest time.


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