Ben Stein on Saying "Merry Christmas"

You may have received a forwarded email quoting Ben Stein saying:

…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 crèche, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away…

If you’re like me, you wondered if this was true or, perhaps, maybe a little out of context.  Well, here’s your proof: watch the video of Ben Stein as he delivered it on CBS’ Sunday Morning program in August 2006.  The name of the segment is Who Are Nick and Jessica?

Merry Christmas Ben!

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