For Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Christian love means the poor must be punished.
The New York Times reports that Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson wants homeless shelters to be uncomfortable so poor people will try harder to improve their economic status.
According to that report, on a recent tour of homeless shelters Carson was happy if the shelter was obviously an uncomfortable place to live, while the conservative Christian apologist appeared put off if a shelter seemed too comfortable.
The Times reports Carson was happy to see homeless people forced to sleep in a room stacked with dozens of bunk beds and no televisions:
[Carson] nodded, plainly happy, as officials explained how they had stacked dozens of bunk beds inside a homeless shelter and purposefully did not provide televisions.
On the flip side, Carson seemed annoyed when they toured an apartment complex for homeless vets, lamenting the decent standard of living enjoyed by the vets, and complaining that the facility lacked “only pool tables.”
The Times reports Carson tried to justify his cruelty by calling it “compassion”:
Compassion, Mr. Carson explained in an interview, means not giving people “a comfortable setting that would make somebody want to say: ‘I’ll just stay here. They will take care of me.’”
In other words, Carson wants housing for homeless people to be uncomfortable so low-income Americans won’t become reliant on the government for a helping hand. It is a cruel and mean-spirited line of thought used by many conservative Christians to further punish and stigmatize the poor.
Carson is off to a rocky start as HUD Secretary. In his debut as secretary of Housing and Urban Development in earlier this spring Carson explained to department employees that slaves were hard working immigrants:
That’s what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters, might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.
However, Carson is well known for making thoughtless and idiotic remarks. For example, Carson publicly 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 a clueless, cruel, Christian, a man who simply lacks the temperament and intellect to be the head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.