Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore
(Church of Saint Mary of the Flower)
I don't believe in shoving my beliefs down people's throats. I also don't believe I should hide my beliefs just because people fear me shoving them down their throats. To me, my Christianity is about one thing: my relationship with Jesus. And when I'm thoughtful enough about any situation, I try to think of what Jesus would truly want, and what he might do. This is why I love the new Pope. For the first time in my own memory, the Pope truly represents Jesus. And I've no interest in Catholocism - but to me, this mortal is channelling the idea's and teachings of God - whatever you conceive him to be. Universal ideals that know no denomination, and that belong to the entire human race.
Forgiveness, tolerance, kindness, acceptance, charity, love, and peace.
So it is in the true Spirit of the Celebration that I bid you all a Very Merry Christmas
Ben Stein offers the gift of Forgiveness:
More Ben Stein:
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.
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 creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.