Ben Carson seems to be coming face to face with the perils of courting the Christian right. The trouble is that you’re never quite pure enough and you might even be the wrong brand of Christian. He’s been forced to pull out of a pastor’s conference because the Baptists objected to his Seventh-Day Adventism.
Likely Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference have “mutually agreed” that Carson will not address the Pastors’ Conference in Columbus, Ohio, as previously scheduled.
“We didn’t want this to become a distraction for our convention,” Pastors’ Conference President William Rice told Baptist Press. “A number of people began to write about it and express their views on it, and it threatened to become a distraction we never wanted it to be. We felt like for the health of the convention, the health of the Pastors’ Conference … the better thing to do was to mutually agree it’s not the right time to do it.”
Carson, a cultural commentator and professor emeritus of neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, was scheduled to address the Pastors’ Conference on Sunday evening, June 14, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. But some Southern Baptists raised theological and political concerns in late March and April, with Texas pastor Bart Barber and Baptist21, a network of younger Southern Baptist leaders, posting blog articles objecting to Carson’s scheduled appearance…
Among the concerns cited were that Carson’s appearance could be construed as an endorsement of his presumed presidential campaign, that his appearance could be construed as an endorsement of the Republican Party and that it would be inappropriate for a member of a Seventh-day Adventist Church — the religious group with which Carson identifies — to address the Pastors’ Conference.
Funny how those concerns never apply to any other types of Christian candidates.