The following was written by Ben Stein 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 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