Back in 2005, writer/producer/actor/financial expert/ whatever he wants to be Ben Stein wrote the following piece about The War on Christianity and Christmas:
Herewith at this happy time of year, a few confessions from my beating heart:
I have no freaking clue who Nick and Jessica are. I 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. Is this 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 creche, it’s just 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.
Little did Ben Stein know that a young man from the University of Florida would become a focal point, reminding Americans about those values he espoused 6 Christmases ago.
I realize that I’ve written about Denver Broncos starting Quarterback Tim Tebow before, but, especially during this time of the celebration of the first Christmas gift, God’s only begotten son, I believe that spotlighting something extraordinary that this young man did (besides winning a 13-10 game yesterday against the Chicago Bears) is very appropriate:
An 8-year-old cancer patient, Blake Appleton, received a much-needed morale boost recently — a surprise phone call from his long-time hero Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos.
The call came this month at a particularly grim time for Blake and his family. Blake, a native of Lake Worth, Fla., recently had told his mother that he no longer wants to undergo cancer treatment after being diagnosed with a deadly brain tumor. “Without treatment, he may only have six months,” his mother, Miranda Appleton, told MyFoxOrlando.com.
“We’re in the restroom of all places, and he starts to cry,” she said. “I asked him why he was crying, and he told me, ‘Mommy, I don’t want you to be unhappy with me, but I don’t want to do anymore chemotherapy. I can’t handle it anymore.’”
Blake’s mother told MyFoxOrlando.com, “I don’t have time to cry. It might be a moment I’m missing with him.”
One of the family’s happier moments happened last week, when Tebow, a former Florida Gators star, called Blake in the hospital and sent him a personally signed football.
Saturday, Patton Dodd, writing for the Wall Street Journal, wrote:
Last week, after the Broncos’ victory against Minnesota, Mr. Tebow was asked by a reporter to name something memorable that had been said to him in the wake of the extraordinary win.
“I’ll tell you one thing that happened during the week that I remember,” he said. Mr. Tebow proceeded to talk about spending time with a young leukemia patient from Florida who had just been transferred to hospice care and about how delighted Mr. Tebow was to say the kid’s name on television and to let him know that someone cared.
Mr. Tebow may or may not enjoy long-term success as an NFL quarterback. His current streak will run its course, and the Broncos might well move on to another quarterback, one who is more obviously suited to the pro game.
But win or lose, Tim Tebow will compete hard—and when he’s done, he will thank God and remind all of us that it’s just a game.
And, as we move from quarter to quarter during this game we call life, as Ben Stein and Tim Tebow remind us, it’s important to keep heading toward the end zone and to remember The Reason for the Season.