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Is Ben Carson the new G W Bush?

Is Ben Carson the new G W Bush?

An article I stumbled across this week claimed that conservative Americans have no-one in the wings who could put the US firmly back on a Christian footing in the way George W Bush did, except, perhaps, Ben Carson.

Carson is Professor Emeritus of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University and author of the new book One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future.

The report said that of  all the Republicans weighing a bid for president in 2016, the only one who puts a smile on the face of Pastor Gino Geraci – the founding pastor of Calvary South Denver, a sprawling evangelical church with several thousand congregants –  is “doctor-turned-conservative-media-darling Ben Carson”.

And yet, Geraci concedes, Carson is ‘not in the mainstream’ and has little chance of ever being elected.

Which is an enormous relief, given that Carson –  judging from an article he penned this week for the National Review Online – is as much of a numbskull as a Dubya. The only difference between the two is that Carson has charisma, is far easier on the eye and can string two sentences together better than Bush ever could, but the end result is pure garbage.

In his article, Carson referred to the Freedom From Religion Foundation as:

A self-serving group of religious fanatics.

Here’s the context:

Many people in this country were shocked when the US Navy recently announced the removal of all Bibles from military hotels under their control. This was in response to pressure from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a well-known atheist group.

The surprise is not the hypocritical stance of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, but rather the fact that an established bulwark of American strength and patriotism caved to a self-serving group of religious fanatics. The previous sentence may seem out of place if you don’t realize that atheism is actually a religion.

Yes, that stupid old chestnut. But stay with us, there’s more. Much more!

Like traditional religions, atheism requires strong conviction. In the case of atheists, it’s the belief that there is no God and that all things can be proved by science. It is extremely hypocritical of the foundation to request the removal of Bibles from hotel rooms on the basis of their contention that the presence of Bibles indicates that the government is choosing one religion over another. If they really thought about it, they would realize that removal of religious materials imposes their religion on everyone else.

Read on and you’ll see why Geraci is all moist at the crotch for Carson:

Some atheists argue that there should be a library or cache of religious material at the check-in desk of a hotel from which any guests could order a Bible, Torah, or Koran for their reading pleasure. No favoritism would be shown through such a system, and those who reject the idea of God would not have to be offended.

This is like saying there shouldn’t be certain brands of bottled water in hotel rooms because there may be guests who prefer a different type of water or are offended by bottled water and think everybody should be drinking tap water. The logical answer to such absurdity would, of course, be that the offended individual could bring his own water or simply ignore the brand of water he does not care for.

As a nation, we must avoid the paralysis of hypersensitivity, which prevents us from getting anything done because virtually everything offends someone. We need to distribute “big boy” pants to help the whiners learn to focus their energy in a productive way. We must also go back and read the Constitution, including the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of religion.

It says nothing about freedom from religion, and in fact, if you consider the context and the lives of those involved in the crafting of our founding documents, it is apparent that they believed in allowing their faith to guide their lives. This has nothing to do with imposing one’s beliefs on someone else.

Those of us who do believe in God can hope and pray that at some point secular progressives will come to understand that they must abide by the same rules with which they attempt to control others. There is nothing wrong with the philosophy of ‘live and let live’. America was designed to be a free country, where people could live as they pleased and pursue their dreams as long as they didn’t infringe upon the rights of others.

By continually broadening the scope of an “infringement” on the rights of others, the purveyors of division will succeed in destroying our nation — but only if we continue to cater to their divisive rhetoric.

Liberty and justice for all has worked extremely well for an extended period of time, and there is no reason to upset the equilibrium by endowing the hypersensitive complainers in our society with more power than everyone else. Thankfully, the Navy quickly realized its mistake and restored the Bible to its lodges. Maybe now we can deal with the real issues that threaten our safety.

In the first report that alerted me to his existence, Carson is said to have accused the Republican Party of turning its back on some of its core supporters:

In the rush to get on the political-correctness bandwagon, people have abandoned the concept of faith. That is where the disconnect is.

28 responses to “Is Ben Carson the new G W Bush?”

  1. Norman Paterson says:

    So, the gummint is favouring the religion of atheism, when they should be favouring my religion! Did I get it right?

  2. Ivan says:

    “…This is like saying there shouldn’t be certain brands of bottled water in hotel rooms…”

    Has anyone ever been beheaded, stoned to death or denied the right to marry by a bottle of water?

  3. barriejohn says:

    A professor of neurosurgery who is incapable of joined-up thinking? There has to be a joke in there somewhere!

  4. barriejohn says:

    Ivan: I wouldn’t want to wake up and find one of these in my room.

    http://www.pathconscious.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/bb1.jpg

  5. Matt Westwood says:

    Whether or not to drink bottled water is indeed a very important point. Use of plastic should be minimised wherever possible.

    As for:
    “Some atheists argue that there should be a library or cache of religious material at the check-in desk of a hotel from which any guests could order a Bible, Torah, or Koran for their reading pleasure.”

    That makes sense to me.

    And as for:
    “The logical answer to such absurdity would, of course, be that the offended individual could bring his own water or simply ignore the brand of water he does not care for.”

    The logical thing to do, should a guest be desirous of reading religious twaddle, is to bring his own with him.

    Come to that, the people most upset with not finding a bible in their bedside cupboard are precisely those who are most likely to have brought one with them. *Where’s the problem?*

    When the whole business of Gideon bibles was explained to me back in the 1970’s was that people who stay in hotel rooms are by definition sad, lonely, lost and helpless people who are desperate to cling to any false hope that may fill the vast empty spaces in their useless lives. Therefore a bible will be just the thing to buck them up, give them a sense of purpose and turning them into fully-rounded human beings again.

    And that’s it. It’s nothing about a person’s right to read any selected passage from their favourite book before nodding off for the night, and to save having to cart a copy of the bloody thing around with them. It’s all about getting unbelievers to get on board their stinking gravy train. And to lose one of these opportunities is like getting kicked out of Dunkirk.

  6. Paul Cook says:

    The sign above his left shoulder is actually wrong.
    It should just read : “THINK”.

  7. The Woggler says:

    When you are staying overnight in a hotel room, you most likely have a choice from several options.

    1. There will be a television set, probably connected to Sky or some other digital programme setup. You will have a choice of TV or radio stations.

    2. There will be wifi or some other internet connection. Using your laptop or tablet, you can surf the net or watch something on Youtube or Netflix, or maybe BBC iPlayer.

    3. You may have brought a portable DVD player with you. Or an MP3 player.

    4. If your staying somewhere a bit upmarket, you may have access to leisure facilities, such as a gym and/or swimming pool. You may have a the option of getting a facial or a pedicure.

    5. The hotel will likely have a restaurant and bar, where there will probably be a TV showing a football match.

    6. Maybe you have brought some work with you, or papers for the meeting or conference you’re going to attend tomorrow.

    7. If you are really adventurous, you could take a trip in to the local town and watch a show, catch a movie, or go for something to eat or drink. You may be in the area to watch a show or a rock concert.

    8. You could read a book, a newspaper or a magazine, of if you’re really desperate, the ‘what to do in case of fire’ instructions.

    9. At some point, you will lie on the bed and go to sleep.

    Given that all, some, or most of these options are available to you, the last thing you’re probably going to do is search out the Gideon bible and complain that there isn’t one available. Why the hell would you want to read a poorly written book, such as the bible or the koran? Unless, of course, you are a religious sadsack, in which case you’ve probably brought your own copy with you.

  8. Matt Westwood says:

    I had the good fortune to stay for a few months in an apartment hotel in the heart of downtown Montreal recently. In addition to the above options were:

    a) A kitchenette, which I used to cook myself some of the best Beef Madrases I’ve ever tasted;

    b) A jazz club less than a km away which served a delightful chicken, chips and gravy, and whose staff were greeting me like a long-lost friend after my second visit;

    c) The best bookshop I have ever, ever visited in my entire life.

    Seriously, I can’t even remember now if there was a bible in the bedside cupboard.

  9. Daz says:

    Having observed the efforts of many Christians to promote their ideas, I long ago realised what should be placed in hotel rooms. [Link]

  10. Broga says:

    When I have come across one of those bibles in a hotel a feeling of unease and depression comes across me. Just the sight of the thing is enough. It is a practical demonstration of religion’s determination to intrude into the most private parts of your life (my bedroom) with no permission and on the assumption that it will be welcome.

  11. Rob Andrews says:

    Bible in hotels rooms is one thing…

    What really bothers me is when homeless shelters that are run by Christians force people who come in hungry and cold, to attend bible study. this happened to me in the 1970s in Los Angeles.

    Not only was I forced to go to the bible study, but they didn’t like me talking to other people about evolution and other things that prove the bible wrong. Finely i was kicked out of there and he pastore threatenede to “kick my ass”, as well.

    I told him I want nothing to do with a religion that persecuted gays. And I hope you know tha most of the people are only pretending to believe anyway. So you’re wasting time and food on these people–you’re not making real converts. he stood there dombfonded.

    this is what makes me hate christians.

    “It’s not the parts of the bible I DON’T understand that bother me, It’s the Parts I DO understand that bother me”.–Mark Twain

  12. Stephen Mynett says:

    There is also the matter of bibles in hospitals. I now ask for the one in my locker to be removed, often getting very negative replies although there is an argument the staff struggle with, especially on surgical wards. MRSA and other “superbugs” are a real problem and while the staff disinfect every bed and locker, or should do, when a patient leaves they do not touch the bible and that book represents a small but genuine worry of cross-infection (pun intended).

    I have even come across staff who recommend patients do not share newspapers, books etc because of infection risks but turn a blind eye to the loathsome tome.

  13. barriejohn says:

    Rob Andrews: Nothing new in that. I used to read regular reports from medical missionaries who refused to treat people who hadn’t arrived at their surgeries in time to listen to the Gospel Message, and my father was scathing about Aggie Weston’s, which, during the War forced sailors to sing Sankey’s hymns and listen to a sermon if they wanted to enjoy the hospitality and refreshments “freely” provided. My Christian friends at Warrington also operated a “Reading Room” during the War near the Padgate RAF camp, with one purpose and one purpose alone!

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v442/iftk/16/25_podborka_13.jpg

  14. Trevor Blake says:

    “We must also go back and read the Constitution.”

    Like the Bible, the Constitution condones slavery. Unlike the Bible, it was later amended to forbid slavery. Between the two I prefer the Constitution. But Mr. Carson seems to want us to follow the founding documents and not the revisions.

    It takes one Mr. Carson to say what he says. It takes thousands to fill a room to listen to him say it. And millions to for a religion / party around those thousands. Thus we quietly and respectfully mock the man and cruelly attack the beliefs.

  15. Paul Cook says:

    No one has mentioned bibles in prison.
    The reason why they are popular is that for the inmates that roll their own smoking tobacco, the pages, as they are so thin, make excellent roll ups.

  16. Stephen Mynett says:

    Paul, if you were to make a more interesting roll up we could move on from religion being the opiate of the people to the bible being the spliff of the people.

  17. L.Long says:

    “Some atheists argue that there should be a library or cache of religious material at the check-in desk of a hotel from which any guests could order a Bible, Torah, or Koran for their reading pleasure.”
    Is a load of BS!!! Atheists say they should not be there at all, as they are BS.

    And as MATT pointed out with everything else there the last thing one searches for is a buyBull, even xtians would rather use the TV an watch porn.
    Anyone who would search for the buyBull is most like so brain damaged that he would be carrying his own.

    And this dimwit thinks that the buyBull will cure our immorality??? Almost everything in it is against most countries laws!!!!
    This dude is so dim I will bet the only thing he knows about the buyBull is JESUS!!!! And most like not much about him either!!!

  18. Broga says:

    There are all these bibles thrust on people and said to be the inerrant word of God and yet they never seem to come across the contradictions, absurdities, cruelties and gratuitous slaughter.

  19. Adam Tjaavk says:

    “…contradictions, absurdities, cruelties and gratuitous slaughter.”

    The Bible Handbook
    by G. W. Foote & W. P. Ball

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bible-Handbook-G-W-Foote/dp/0910309264

    _____

  20. jay says:

    This removal was at GOVERNMENT sponsored hotels. Government is bound (hopefully) by the first amendment.

    By contrast, private facilities are free to put whatever they want (Delta of Venus might be good) . That’s the key difference.

  21. jay says:

    He almost makes a point when mentioning hypersensitivity, but fails to note that the religious tend to be the most hypersensitive. Who cries ‘persecution ‘ when someone says ‘happy holidays ‘ instead of ‘merry Christmas ‘?

    I do think the title of this article is off the mark, however. Bush invoked religion but his real push was nationalism and militarism. Religion was window dressing. This guy, however …

  22. AgentCormac says:

    Carson’s hypocrisy is staggering. It isn’t fair that secularists should have their opinions listened to – that is a privilege reserved entirely for religion. Well, his own brand of religion, naturally – as all those other heretical versions obviously need wiping off the face of the Earth (which he will probably try and do if he ever becomes president).

  23. Rob Andrews says:

    RE: Adam Tjaavk post.

    Also onlinee is ‘The Skeptics Annotated Bible’
    http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com

  24. dennis copeland says:

    I simply through it away. I love the sound as it hits the bottom of the garbage can in the room. kids play, then I wonder if the maid replaces it or even notices. but we have bigger issues, TEXAS is about to change our text books and the fine print I hear is horrible. my poor DNA.

  25. jay says:

    maybe he got his way. My wife said that the Bibles got put back

  26. Narcogen says:

    “This is like saying there shouldn’t be certain brands of bottled water in hotel rooms because there may be guests who prefer a different type of water or are offended by bottled water and think everybody should be drinking tap water. ”

    This would indeed be the best solution possible, if, for instance, the law of the land prohibited the government from establishing an official drinking water brand.

  27. A Confused Atheist says:

    I always thought that the United States was neither Atheist nor Theist, according to their Constitution. It seems that all religious people want to do nowadays is divide and conquer.