Dr. Ben Carson, the head of Housing and Urban Development, responded this week to two atheist groups who are suing him and HUD for participating in Bible study sessions.
In his response, Carson – known for his Seventh Day Adventist Christian faith – said that the groups were trying to “intimidate” him and other senior Trump administration officials for being forthright and open about their beliefs.
“First of all, taxpayer funds are not used to support the ministry, and secondly, no staff are involved in the Bible study,” Carson wrote on Facebook. “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,” he continued. “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.”
Carson made the public statement after two groups – the Freedom From Religion Foundation and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington – sued Carson and his department in court for their refusal to waive fees that go along with Freedom of Information Act requests. The groups had filed FOIA requests to see whether or not President Trump’s administration officials were using federal government resources to conduct weekly Bible study events. In requests, the groups also demanded to know whether or not any staffers had been “coerced into organizing or even participating in the religious event.”
“We the people must decide who we are and what we stand for,” Carson said in his rebuttal.
This is pure frivolity from groups who have made a name for themselves by blowing matters of religious faith out of proportion. They are professional troublemakers who raise money by engaging in these nonsensical wars against Christianity. For some reason, this appeals greatly to a certain minority of militant atheists (a minority of a minority, in other words) who feel that anything less than the total banishment of Christianity is akin to living in a fundamentalist theocracy. They have no understanding of this country’s history, its founding, or the Constitution, but they make a lot of noise and attract a lot of dumb followers on the left.
Whether you happen to be a person of faith or not, only a radical misunderstanding of Christianity would lead you to believe that there is something inappropriate about these weekly Bible study meetings. In fact, we should be grateful to have an administration that places their faith in something higher than Washington’s version of ethics.