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Christians Have As Much To Fear From Ben Carson’s Theocracy As Muslims Do

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has been getting some attention recently as an alternative to Donald Trump. Pundits have taken note of Carson’s “softspoken” approach, meaning that he doesn’t wave his arms and yell as much as Trump does.

A president of the United States needs to do much more than simply offer a demeanor, though. It’s the substance of a presidential candidate’s ideas that matters most.

When it comes to the substance of Ben Carson’s ideas, we see that he’s even more extreme than Donald Trump.

Carson has said that going to prison leads people to choose to become gay.

Carson warns that Christian bakers will try to poison LGBT customers.

Carson worked for a pyramid scheme to sell medicines that haven’t been proven to work.

Carson has condemned efforts to oppose torture.

ben carson on islam and the constitutionLess than a year ago, Carson inaccurately claimed that we were on the verge of a national Ebola epidemic, and advocated discriminatory policies that turned out to be completely unnecessary.

Caron says that women’s rights are to blame for racist violence.

What’s more, Ben Carson thinks that he’s been fingered by God, told by spirit beings that he should run for President.

Having a soft speaking voice doesn’t make up for this kind of sloppy thinking and crude ideology.

Now, Ben Carson has declared that he would oppose any Muslim who ran for President, simply because of his religious beliefs. This weekend, Carson stated that “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that,” and said that Islam is “not consistent with the Constitution”.

It seems that Ben Carson hasn’t taken a look at the Constitution for a while. It is Carson’s own beliefs that are inconsistent with the Constitution. Article VI of the Constitution states that, “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States,” while the First Amendment says that, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Commentary on Ben Carson’s desire to exclude Muslims from high political office has focused on the detrimental consequences that such a policy would have against followers of Islam. However, Ben Carson has long sought to exclude all non-Christians from equality under the law in the United States.

What’s more, Ben Carson’s ideology of Christian theocracy is dangerous for American Christians. The history of theocracy, after all, includes at least as much Christian-against-Christian violence and persecution as aggression by Christians against non-Christians. If we installed a Christian theocracy in the United States, the zeal of our religious rulers would quickly turn from enforcement of Christian worship on everybody to the question of which kind of Christianity would be allowed to control the new government-mandated religion.

Mixing religion into politics endangers all those who seek to follow their own conscience, whether that conscious is Christian or not. That’s just one more reason that Ben Carson is too extreme to deserve anyone’s vote in his campaign for the White House.

17 thoughts on “Christians Have As Much To Fear From Ben Carson’s Theocracy As Muslims Do”

  1. Charles Manning says:

    Thanks for compiling the data on Carson’s views.

    We know where Trump gets his money — from Trump. That’s about the only thing good we can say about him. I don’t think we can say that about Carson. I’m still wondering who’s behind Carson — what rich puppeteers are pulling his strings. They must be pretty weird people. I’m sure there are good people who have sent Carson’s campaign small donations, but the fat cats matter the most.

  2. Horace says:

    some of the fat cats behind his campaign are Christian extremists that come from a group called the family

    1. Charles Manning says:

      Can you cite Internet sources about “the family”? (Or is it “The Family”?)

      1. Charles Manning says:

        Thanks so much for the cite to the November 7, 2014 article. I don’t believe I saw it then. It’s very thought-provoking, but in my opinion leaves a lot to the imagination. In view of Carson’s incredible rise in the polls — which I still believe, as I did last year, is a function of media favoritism and big money from somewhere (The Family?) — it’s time you embarked on a new examination of Carson’s funding sources, building from the November 7, 2014 article (almost a year old). A good place to start is laying out the positions of The Family and then questioning Carson as to his acceptance of them. If he won’t respond to questions about it — no one in the MSM is smart enough, or free enough, to do that kind of interrogation, and you aren’t part of the MSM — you need to carefully put Carson’s public statements side-by-side with the positions of The Family.

        Thanks again for your work on this, and I hope you carry it further.

        1. Jim Cook says:

          Thanks — although this is Peregrin’s avenue of inquiry. Peregrin, is there anything new to learn here?

          1. Peregrin Wood says:

            I’m not sure that there is. The Family is very secretive, and Ben Carson is often a strange combination of piercing and vague, but I will take a look into it.

          2. ella says:

            “…super PAC called the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee…” 2013, 2014: In 2014 the following donated

            Mark Oldfield – $101,520
            Mike Horan – $101,520
            Harry Bettis – $71,000
            Caster Family Trust – $50,000
            Jeanette Quilhot – $80,000

            The following also contributed

            “…USA First, One Nation and American Legacy…”
            http://www.info.com/search?qcat=web&r_cop=xxx&qkw=Ben+Carson+backers

  3. ella says:

    Even if the Constitution does guarantee freedom of region, it does not advocate the violent overthrow of all other religions. Even though Muslims become peaceful once they have eliminated all other religions in the area they are claiming, and even allow, under strict rules, people of another religion to live within the confines of that space, they can still quite suddenly become violent. Or have historically. Lebanon is a good example of Muslim expansion. The EU is finally seeing the results of their naive generosity and telling other to simply not come. No member country can afford to feed and house the thousands pouring through their borders. Perhaps Carson is envisioning the United States making that same mistake when we already have more illegal immigrants than we can feed. And are contemplating cutting food assistance back or off for all but those who have children at home. We know how that works.

    1. J Clifford says:

      Ella, which religion has had wider wars of expansion: Islam or Christianity?

      1. ella says:

        Islam. The English Crusades that went to recover Jerusalem from the “Infidels” who took it from the Jews, and lost basically, managed to learn a lesson about invading middle eastern soil. At least in the name of God. They have been fighting over Jerusalem for a few thousands years and need no help from us, other than to help the Jews keep some of it today so Christians can also make pilgrimage there. For war, Christians have substituted missionaries, which have gone world wide. Christian missionaries do not convert at the edge of a knife to the throat. Islamist’s do. At least where they have the advantage. They enter an area of say ten blocks, in Lebanon, and walk down the street asking if they will deny the name of Christ and convert to Islam. If no, every member of that house was cut to death. House to house, every Christian was slaughtered until only two blocks remained. Those capitulated to prevent total annihilation of their people. It is what they have done in Syria and Iraq, Pakistan, parts of India, Indonesia, and many other places world wide. They move in as though just migrants, start taking over neighborhoods by not tolerating people who do not live according to Sharia, social stigma, which is so easy in the US. We have laws that assist in that behavior. Given time and numbers, we will see. But Islam is by far the most violent of religions when it comes to conversion.

        1. Charles Manning says:

          Ella, when I hear claims like this, I’m reminded of the atomic bombing of Japan, and the devastation of civilian populations in Japan and Germany by conventional bombing, costing many hundreds of thousands of civilian lives, and Franklin Roosevelt’s statement that we fought WWII to “defend our religion.”

        2. Leroy says:

          Ella,

          Christianity.

          And it is not even a close race.

          Christianity by far.

          Now I can “link you till you go crazy”… or you. Can just take my word for it.

  4. ella says:

    The first quote is the reason Roosevelt entered WWII. Following are other quotes.

    “Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger. With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God.
    I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire” Franklin D. Roosevelt

    “The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way — everywhere in the world.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

    “Nazi forces are not seeking mere modifications in colonial maps or in minor European boundaries. They openly seek the destruction of all elective systems of government on every continent-including our own; they seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers who have seized power by force. These men and their hypnotized followers call this a new order. It is not new. It is not order.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

    “America has been the New World in all tongues, to all peoples, not because this continent was a new-found land, but because all those who came here believed they could create upon this continent a new life — a life that should be new in freedom.
    The hopes of the Republic cannot forever tolerate either undeserved poverty or self-serving wealth.” Franklin D Roosevelt

    Please provide a complete quote that includes “…defend our religion…”

  5. Leroy says:

    And 25% of Republicans love him (and his whacko ideas) as he officially creeps ahead of Donald nationwide.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/polls-ben-carson-leads-donald-trump-2015-11

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