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I received this from a good friend and thought would share it along with a Heartfelt Merry Christmas to all.

Christmas Tree
Apparently the White House referred to Christmas Trees as Holiday Trees for the first time this year which prompted CBS presenter, Steven Levy, to present this piece which I would like to share with you. I think it applies just as much to many countries as it does to America. A little sanity please… I only hope we find GOD again before it is too late!

The following was written by Steven Levy and recited by him on 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. Steven 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.
 

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It is certainly important to keep the facts straight if who said what, but I think the message rings quite true no matter who said it. It would be sad to discount it because Ben Stein said it instead of Steven Levy.
But the message doesn't ring true because it isn't being called a holiday tree.

And Ben Stein didn't write that the White house Christmas tree was going to be a holiday tree. He wrote about although being Jewish he loves Christmas.

The part about the Holiday tree isn't true. That was my point.

Another of the forwarded email’s claims, that the White House Christmas tree would be referred to as a “holiday tree” for the first time this year, is false. The White House has used the term“Christmas tree” every year that it has been on display in the Blue Room since 1966.
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Similar to words wrongly attributed to Clint Eastwood.

I'm sure the original Ben Stein transcripts circulated first and then someone decided that he/she can make it more appealing by stretching the truth a little bit.
 
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