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.
My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully, Ben Stein
This is another of those emails that gets passed around from time to time, so you may have seen it before. I did shorten it to only that part that pertains to the Holiday season.
I appreciate that Mr. Stein voices his opinion on this subject and I have to agree with him. It does not offend me to see symbols of religions other than those of my own Christian faith. What offends me is that there is a minority of people that refuse to honor the foundations of this great country as it was built...on faith, patriotism, loyalty, liberty...the list goes on. And I could go on as well, but I will leave it at that.
I Rest secure in Your Strong Hand
3 years ago