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Interesting Perspective From Ben Stein

The  following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on a 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

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The Golden Rule

Across the globe, the so-called “golden rule” is cherished. Many religions and philosophies provide variations on this message:

Islam: “No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.”

Buddhism: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.”

Confucianism: “Do not do unto others what you would not have them do unto you.”

Hinduism: “This is the sum of duty: do not do unto others that which would cause you pain if done to you.”

Judaism: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man.”

Christianity: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

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