Theocracy alert: Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson claims America is a Christian nation and he is willing to fight “the PC police” to bring God back to the forefront of American life.
The Republican presidential candidate spoke Sunday morning at a Georgia megachurch where he made the ludicrous argument that the motto, “In God We Trust” — which was adopted in 1956 — proves that the United States was founded as a Christian nation, according to a report issued by Raw Story.
Speaking at the Free Chapel megachurch in Gainesville, Georgia, on Sunday morning Carson said:
The pledge of allegiance to our flag says we are one nation under God. Many courtrooms in the land on the wall it says ‘In God We Trust.’ Every coin in our pocket, every bill in our wallet says ‘In God We Trust.’
So if it’s in our founding documents, it’s in our pledges, in our courts and it’s on our money, but we’re not supposed to talk about it, what in the world is that? In medicine it’s called schizophrenia. And I, for one, am simply not willing to kick God to the curb.
Carson is wrong to claim the Pledge of Allegiance or the phrase “In God We Trust” is contained in our founding documents. This is simply not true, and represents either a willful ignorance or a cynical betrayal of historical truth.
For the record, the original motto of the United States was “E pluribus unum,” and was adopted in 1782. While the current motto “In God We Trust” was adopted by the U.S. Congress less than 60 years ago, during the Cold War, and the fear of godless communists.
The phrase “In God We Trust” did not appear on coins until 1864, almost a hundred years after the founding of the nation, and only first appeared on paper currency in 1957.
As for the Pledge of Allegiance, it was written in 1892 and formally adopted by Congress in 1945. However, “under God” was not added to the pledge until 1954.
Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, a Seventh Day Adventist, and an extreme religious conservative, also explained to the enthusiastic church congregation why he was running for president:
A lot of people have said to me: ‘Why are you willing to get into this fray when you had such a wonderful career and reputation and you were blessed financially and you could just sit back and relax?’” said Carson, a retired neurosurgeon.
Well, I’ll tell you why: It’s because America is worth saving. If that means getting into a war with the PC police, I’m ready to fight that war — and I hope you will join me.
Carson wants to save an America that never existed. The United States was never a Christian nation. In reality, Carson does not want to save America. Instead, Carson wants to recreate America into a right-wing Christian theocracy.
Bottom line: Carson is a dangerous Christian extremist.