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Coming from ronnie’s insight on the need to fill spiritual emptiness from our article on climate change, I just happen to remember that I read an email that echoes something of this sentiment–coming from a theist perspective.

I received via chain email Ben Stein’s live confession (c. 2005) about Christmas, being a Jew, and atheism. Here’s an excerpt of his impassioned message:

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 celebrati ng 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 crïeche, 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 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.

The above is verified to be true from CBS transcripts.

What’s interesting is that the final form of Stein’s confession as it arrived to me via email is actually a “longer” doctored version of the original statement he made in CBS. The addendum contains more allusions and claims to drive Stein’s point.

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