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    Wanted to know what everyone thought about this?
    I think it's great!
    The following was written by Ben Stein and recited
    > by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary, Sunday,
    > 12/18/05. Herewith at this happy time of ear, a few confessions from
    > my beating heart: I have no freaking clue who Nick and Jessica are.
    > see them on the cover of People and US constantly
    > when I am buying my dog biscuits and kitty litter.
    > I often ask the checkers at the grocery stores.
    > They never know who Nick and Jessica are either.
    > Who are they? Will it change my life if I know who
    > they are and why they have broken up? Why are they
    > so important?
    > I don't know who Lindsay Lohan is either, and I do
    > not care at all about Tom Cruise's wife. Am I going
    > to be called before a Senate committee and asked if
    > I am a subversive? Maybe, but I just have no clue
    > who Nick and Jessica are. If this is what it
    > means to be no longer young. It's 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
    > 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 crï¿1/2che, it's
    > 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 Nick and Jessica 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
    > Nick and Jessica 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 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...terrorists attack,
    > school shootings, etc. I think it started when
    > Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body
    > found recently 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 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. 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
    > 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? 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.

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  • #2
    A very true observation of todays world, how sad it has to be this way. I hope people will start thinking about things like this and come to their senses.
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    • #3
      That article is very true. Our values and what is important are very screwed up. Parents no longer take any interest in their children and let them do whatever pleases them so that they dont have to deal with their temper tantrums. And it really is funny that kids know who sports or entertainment stars are but if you ask them who George Washington is they have no clue. This is definately a "its not my fault" society. Oh well.


      • #4

        I think this sums it up...the world is a different place today. Some very true comments were brought forward in that article...Thanks for sharing it with us ROT.


        • #5
          The article is very true and well stated. If only we could go back to being what we were as a society in years before. But then again, "If Only's" seem to be the stories of our life.


          • #6
            True, How True! Everyone here will probably or already is a parent. We all need to play a very important part of our childrens lives. I remember growing up being afraid to go infront of my dad when I did something wrong. Yes, sometimes I got spanked, but I knew that whatever I did, he was still my dad and that he would always listen to me and be there for me. I think my dad did one hell of a job with my brother, sister, and myself. I am raising my son the same way I was raised, he knows when I am mad, but he also knows that I still love him, because I tell him so. In my opion, things need to go back about 20 - 30 years. There was more family back then there is now these days. At least that is how I am trying to raise my son and teach him what values are.


            • #7
              Originally posted by jag
              but he also knows that I still love him, because I tell him so. In my opion, things need to go back about 20 - 30 years. There was more family back then there is now these days. At least that is how I am trying to raise my son and teach him what values are.
              That is the biggest problem with most parents is being able to tell their kids that they love them. Yes they all know it but it sure is nice to hear it. My kids know any time any place if they say I love you to my wife or myself we will say it right back without hesitating.