Ben Carson Responds to Atheist Group’s Suit: ‘I Will Not Stop Being a Christian’

By Nancy Flory Published on January 29, 2018

“I will not stop being a Christian while in the service to my country.” That is just part of Ben Carson’s response to a lawsuit filed by an atheist group. The group is unhappy with Trump cabinet members enjoying a Bible study.

Capital Ministries hosts the weekly study. Dr. Carson’s regularly joined by Jeff Sessions, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

In response, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent out Freedom of Information Act requests to their respective departments. They wanted to know if government resources are used. They also wanted to know if Cabinet secretaries felt pressure to attend the meetings.

FFRF then got angry when Carson’s Housing and Urban Development (HUD) did not waive fees for the FOIA requests. According to HUD, the request fee may only be waived when the information will “significantly” aid the public’s knowledge of how the government operates.

FFRF sued HUD and Secretary Ben Carson. FFRF was joined in their legal action by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). Their suit claims HUD is making FFRF pay because the documents “are likely to cast the agency or HUD Secretary Ben Carson in a negative light.”

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Dr. Carson’s Response

Carson responded on Facebook with a ringing defense of religious liberty.

I refuse to be intimidated by anti-religious groups into relinquishing my spirituality or religious beliefs. One of the principles of our nation’s founding is freedom of religion. I will not stop being a Christian while in service to this country.” Added Carson, “In fact, it is my faith that helps me serve the nation even better.”

Here is the full text of Carson’s remarks:

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) are apparently filing a lawsuit against HUD and me, alleging that they are being treated unfairly because they are required to pay a standard fee when requesting information through the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) regarding my participation in the weekly Bible study for cabinet members. They are fearful that a hot beverage or a bagel may be consumed at the expense of taxpayers or that staff may be coerced to participate in religious activities against their will.

First of all, taxpayer funds are not used to support the ministry, and secondly, no staff are involved in the Bible study. More importantly, I refuse to be intimidated by anti-religious groups into relinquishing my spirituality or religious beliefs. One of the principles of our nation‘s founding is freedom of religion. I will not stop being a Christian while in service to this country, in fact, it is my faith that helps me serve the nation even better. The relentless attacks on the spirituality of our nation must be resisted. We are not like everyone else, which is precisely the reason that we rose so rapidly from obscurity to become the most powerful and free nation in history.

We sometimes smugly say that we won the cold war with the Soviet Union, but it was Joseph Stalin, the Russian tyrant who said the United States could be destroyed from within by eroding three things: our patriotism, our morality, and our spirituality. These things are currently under severe attack. We the people must decide who we are and what we stand for. If we don’t, the ending of the Cold War might change dramatically.

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  • jgmusgrove

    Amen, brother Carson.

  • Howard Rosenbaum

    Ben Carsons response to those who who accuse him in effect, of being a patriotic American can be summed up in one word. Authentic. Unlike the bias based inappropriate foolishness proffered by those whose claims are as legitimate as a $3.00 bill ….

  • Andy6M

    Good for Dr. Carson!

  • SAMTHECAT

    So eloquently and accurately explained by one who personally has experienced the freedoms that this country offers to anyone and which are viciously attacked under the guise of “liberty”. Stalin’s observations were astute. With much prayer, fortitude, and resistance by all who appreciate the foundations of our freedoms, his words will not be fulfilled.

  • Terry Lewis

    I’d rather my tax dollars be spent buying coffee for this Bible study than for half the things that Washington spends it on now!

  • Gloria Ellerhorst

    Along with other groups who have a tendency to discredit our right to our faith and our practices stemming from what we believe, i.e. Bible Study, I just can’t wrap my arms around how they want us to accept their belief, but unwilling to let me do likewise. Or maybe I don’t have to accept them, but consequently they have to leave us alone.

  • Mark Roberts

    I will pray for your accusers Dr. Carson

  • GLT

    I commend Dr. Carson for taking this stand against the repeated frivolous actions of the FFRF. If more people stood up to Dan Barker and his collection of clowns they would scurry back to the dark hole from which they emerged.

  • Johnson Chang-Fong

    Dr. Carson, Bravo!

  • Eileen Shyla Davidson

    I AM SOOO PROUD OF DR CARSON, FOR STANDING UP FOR HIS CHRISTIAN BELIEFS AND NOT COWERING TO THESE HATEFUL PEOPLE. I SEE GOD HAS BLESSED YOU MANY TIMES ALREADY AND HE WILL CONTINIUE TO DO SO. NEVER GIVE IN TO THESE PEOPLE, WHO WILL HAVE TO ANSWER TO GOD ALMIGHTY ONE DAY. BRAVO, DR CARSON.

  • Craig Roberts

    Ben Carson is a Seventh Day Adventist. That’s about as “Christian” as a Mormon or Jehovah’s Witness. It seems a bit disingenuous not to mention that Dr. Carson belongs to a cult that most Christians don’t consider to be Christian at all.

    • Roger D Griffin

      Sorry Craig, Seventh Day Adventists are not a cult, but a genuine Christian denomination. This was extensively reviewed by Dr. Walter Martin in his book Kingdom of the Cults.

      • Craig Roberts

        Sorry indeed. You need to do a little more research. Dr. Martin labeled the SDA a cult in his 1955 book “The Rise of the Cults.” Although he expressed some misgivings in his later book, shortly before he died Dr. Martin expressed conflicted second (third?) thoughts in a television interview: “I fear that if they continue to progress at this rate, then the classification of a cult can’t possibly miss being reapplied to Seventh-Day Adventists because once you have an interpreter of Scripture, a final court of appeal that tells you what Scripture means — as soon as you judge Scripture by that, as soon as you have someone who has made doctrinal errors in the past, even on the deity of Christ and the doctrine of the atonement and on other things, and that person is raised to that position of authority, you have polarization around that person.”

        Dr. Ron Carlson, the man who is considered to be Christendom’s foremost expert on the cults today wrote, “The people who are now in control (of the SDA) have moved the organization back to following the teachings of Ellen G. White and denying some basic doctrines of Biblical Christianity. In fact, their official position is that if you do not worship on Saturday you are not a Christian and will not go to Heaven. Sunday worship is the mark of the beast. They are clearly today a false Cult.”

        I don’t know what denomination (or cult) you belong to Roger but if you worship on Sunday, according to the SDA, you are the one who is not a Christian.

        Thanks for the response.

    • stan schmunk

      You are right. SDA doctrine is heresy. Anyone who reads it knows that. Read Galatians. That would be Paul’s opinion of SDA as well.

  • Lisa

    I just love Dr. Ben Carson and feel sorry for the legalists who get hung up on the things that divide Christians. In this day and age, you’d think Christians would stick together instead of acting like Pharisees and pointing out differences. Give me a break.

  • Facebook User

    I love Dr. Carson and wanted him to be our president. I am a Roman Catholic (Latin Rite) and have several friends who are Seventh Day Adventists, all of them are as Christian and gracious as Dr. Carson. I think we better let God be the judge of who is and who is not a “real” Christian.

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