After being tapped for a cabinet position, Ben Carson declines.
Creationist Ben Carson has turned down a cabinet position in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.
According to Ben Carson’s top adviser, Armstrong Williams, Carson will not accept a Cabinet position from Trump. Williams told ABC News that Carson “was offered whatever he wanted,” but felt he couldn’t run an entire agency with his lack of government experience.
Williams told The Hill in a phone call:
Dr. Carson was never offered a specific position, but everything was open to him.
In particular, it seems that Carson had his choice of being either Secretary of Health and Human Services, or Secretary of Education.
Speaking with Politico, Williams said:
It was clear that he (Carson) had his pick of what he wanted to do.
He has no interest in a cabinet position, or any position in the administration.
In a surprising moment of clarity, Williams told The Hill:
Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he’s never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency.
Kudos to Carson for recognizing his limitations. Although it may be that Carson refused a Cabinet position because serving in a white nationalist administration was a bridge too far for even Carson. Or again, it may be that Carson is simply more interested in making money than serving his country.
For the record, Carson would make a terrible Secretary of Health and Human Services, Secretary of Education, or any other Cabinet position. The fact is, Carson has a well documented history of substituting religious superstition for scientific truth.
For example, Carson rejects evolution and climate change, despite overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary. Previously leading scientist and atheist Richard Dawkins referred to Carson as a “disgrace” for denying evolution.
Carson also believes that the pyramids were built by the biblical figure Joseph to store grain.
In the past Carson compared abortion to slavery, saying rape victims seeking abortions are “perverted,” while declaring he would “love” to see Roe vs. Wade overturned, and wants all abortion outlawed, even in cases of rape or incest.
And as a GOP presidential candidate in 2016, Carson said he would use the Department of Education to censor liberal speech on college campuses if elected president.
Bottom line: Carson is not qualified to be Secretary of Education, Secretary of Health and Human Services, or any other Cabinet position.
(Portions of this article were previously published here)