FFRF to Carson: Physician, heal thyself


HUD Secretary Ben Carson has recently posted a bizarre and very revealing statement against the Freedom From Religion Foundation. 

Carson’s Facebook message deals with the federal lawsuit that FFRF and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) have filed over violations of the Freedom of Information Act involving Carson and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

We are very “flattered” by his attention.

Our groups are suing over illegal denial of public information and fee waivers in two unrelated investigations. CREW’s pursuit of information about the role of Carson’s family at HUD is particularly timely, with stories breaking right now over ethics concerns about the involvement of Carson’s son in HUD activities.

FFRF had sought information regarding cabinet member participation in a weekly bible study at the White House for cabinet members co-sponsored by Vice President Mike Pence. CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Energy Secretary Rick Perry are among the attendees, along with Carson. But HUD has thrown up arbitrary and illegal barriers to FFRF’s records requests.

On his Facebook page, Carson mockingly notes: “They are fearful that a hot beverage or a bagel may be consumed at the expense of taxpayers, or that staff may be coerced to participate in religious activities against their will.”

Carson denies any coercion, adding that “taxpayer funds are not used to support the ministry, and secondly, no staff are involved in the bible study.” It is reasonable to ask why, if this is the case, Carson is denying FFRF public documents that would prove this. FFRF is simply engaging in due diligence under FOIA and has a right to public information.

Carson’s Facebook posting then rants:

“More importantly, I refuse to be intimidated by anti-religious groups into relinquishing my spirituality or religious beliefs.”

As if FFRF requesting public information could possibly “intimidate” this religious fanatic into relinquishing his beliefs. (For proof of his fanaticism, see screenshot of his posted photograph on his Facebook page above.)

Carson’s outburst continues:

“I will not stop being a Christian while in service to this country, in fact, it is my faith that helps me serve the nation even better. The relentless attacks on the spirituality of our nation must be resisted.”

Without irony, Carson goes on:

“We sometimes smugly say that we won the Cold War with the Soviet Union, but it was Joseph Stalin, the Russian tyrant, who said the United States could be destroyed from within by eroding three things: our patriotism, our morality, and our spirituality. These things are currently under severe attack. We the people must decide who we are and what we stand for. If we don’t, the ending of the Cold War might change dramatically.”

Carson is actually “redbaiting” FFRF and nonbelievers? Isn’t this a little rich, considering that his boss is under investigation for ties to Russia and that Trump has effusively praised “the Russian tyrant” Vladimir Putin, who, in turn, oversaw a campaign to meddle in the outcome of our presidential election in Trump’s favor?

Incidentally, dear reader, the Stalin quote that Carson so confidently cites is completely made up

Carson defames nontheists by accusing us of a plot to “destroy morality” by keeping religion out of our secular government. Strange that Carson apparently has no concerns about working in the administration of a man with despicable morals. Not to mention that Carson himself is being accused of using his governmental position for his son’s gain.

To Ben Carson, we can only say: Physician, heal thyself.


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