Dr. Ben Carson Has a New Job: Getting Christians to the Polls

By The Stream Published on March 5, 2016

Dr. Ben Carson has a new job. It may not be the presidency, but it could prove as challenging as brain surgery.

The famed neurosurgeon announced Friday that he is the new national chairman of My Faith Votes, a nonpartisan organization focused on getting Christian voters to the polls. He also announced at CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Conference being held this week) that he is officially ending his bid for the White House.

“Christians in this country can easily determine the next president of the United States and all other national and local leaders, should they simply show up at the polls,” Carson said in a statement, “When we do vote, We The People will once again solidify our commitment to the Judeo-Christian values upon which our nation was founded.”

The issue of Christian voter apathy has proven costly, says My Faith Votes President Sealy Yates. “In the last four presidential elections, an average of less than five million votes separated the major candidates.” Yates said. “Yet, more than 25 million Christians didn’t bother to even show up at the polls in 2012.”

My Faith Votes, Carson says in a video on the group’s website, “helps people to recognize that being a person of faith does not delete the responsibility to take part in the society in which we live in.”

“Nothing is more important to me than my personal faith,” Carson said in his statement, “and it is my faith that motivated me to be involved in the political process to begin with.”

Carson, in effect, dropped out of the presidential race Wednesday, saying he saw no “political path forward.” We pray the good doctor all success on the new path he’s been given.

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