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  • Ben Stein: I’m a Jew Who Has No Problem Saying “Merry Christmas”

    What’s so wrong about saying “Merry Christmas”? Even actor/economist Ben Stein thinks it’s a lovely sentiment…and he’s Jewish!

    “War on Christmas”? Ben’s not interested. The star of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Wonder Years told Fox & Friends that he doesn’t let his own religion trump the merriment of others.

    Look, I don’t mind when people say Merry Christmas to me. I don’t mind when people refer to those beautiful green trees as Christmas trees. It’s Christmas. It’s not ‘Happy Holidays.’ It’s Christmas. There is nothing shameful about it. I’m a Jew,” Stein explained.

    All my relatives going back to the time of Moses and Abraham were Jews, except for my wife who is Presbyterian. I don’t mind people saying ‘Merry Christmas.’ I don’t think the Christians like being pushed around, I don’t think Jews like being pushed around, and I don’t think the Muslims like being pushed around. Nobody likes being pushed around, so let’s just admit this is what it is. It’s the birth of Christ. That’s what we’re celebrating. Great, great, great event in human history and let’s not be shy about it. Let’s not push people around about it and let’s not try to cut people’s wings off about it.”

    Check out a clip of Ben’s remarks above.


    Matt Fox

    Senior Editor

    Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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