Ben Stein Commentary

youreitDecember 12, 2006

I received this in an email recently, and I thought it was worth sharing. :) [Pictures were added by me to this post.]

Brenda

CHARLES OSGOOD, host: We all have our own thoughts about the holidays. Here's Ben Stein with his.

BEN STEIN: Here at this happy time of year, a few confessions from my beating heart. I have no freaking clue who Nick and Jessica are.

STEIN: I see them on the cover of People and Us constantly when I'm buying my dog biscuits. I still don't know. I often ask the checkers at the grocery stores who they are. They don't know who Nick and Jessica are, either. Who are they? Will it change my life if I know who they are and why they've broken up? Why are they so darned important?

STEIN: I don't know who Lindsay Lohan is either, and I don't care at all about Tom Cruise's baby.

STEIN: Am I going to be called before a Senate committee and asked if I'm a subversive? Maybe. But I just have no clue who Nick and Jessica are. Is this what it means to be no longer young? Hm, 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 beautifully lit-up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees.

STEIN: 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're slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. I shows that we're all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year.

It doesn't bother me one bit that there's a manger scene on display at a key intersection at my beach house in Malibu.

STEIN: If people want a creche, fine. The menorah a few hundred yards away is fine, too. I do not 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 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 used to know went to.

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semper_fi(Z7 GA)

"But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from..."

Me not being one of them! :-)

    Bookmark   December 12, 2006 at 11:49PM
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youreit

Amen to that, Fi guy. :D

And I lost my menorah pic.

Brenda

    Bookmark   December 13, 2006 at 8:39AM
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sleeplessinftwayne(z4-5 IND)

I was fortunate enough to live for a short time in a neighborhood where every other family was Jewish. It was a strange and happy experience discovering the differences. We were the only family that decorated for Halloween! At Easter the neighbors children came over and asked to make Easter eggs. At Christmas, my kids were aggravated they had only one day for presents and their friends had eight days. About half of the houses showed off Christmas trees in a front window behind a menorah. Sandy

    Bookmark   December 13, 2006 at 3:26PM
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