Dr. Ben Carson spoke at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, and he brought with him an impassioned plea to bring God back into the nation’s political consciousness.
“We have to stop listening to these people who tell us that we cannot talk about God,” said Carson. “I wonder, do they realize that our founding document, our Declaration of Independence, talks about certain inalienable rights given to us by our Creator – aka God?”
Carson then said, “So, if it’s in our founding documents, it’s in our pledge, it’s in our courts, and it’s on our money, but we’re not supposed to talk about it. What in the world is that? In medicine we call it schizophrenia, a form of craziness.”
Carson has not shied away from his faith, but this is still a fairly new direction for the candidate. Up till now, Mike Huckabee and John Kasich have been pulling the religion wagon, leaving the rest of the field to pursue a more secular approach to politics.
And it’s tricky. When you start talking morals and God and religion, you risk losing the millions of Republican voters who could care less about Christian conservatism. There is a significant chunk of fiscal conservatives/social liberals who would never dream of voting for a Huckabee. The Reagan Coalition has fractured, leaving candidates to find new ways of pulling everyone back under the tent. And Carson clearly believes the answer lies in a return to religious conservatism.
“There’s nothing wrong with living by godly principles,” he said. “Of loving your fellow man, caring about your neighbor, developing your God-given talents to the utmost so that you become valuable to the people around you, having values and principles that govern your life.
“And if we do that, not only will we remain a pinnacle nation, but we will truly have one nation, under God.”
The problem, of course, is what social liberalism has done to our country. Young people don’t want to hear about morals and principles. Even older voters see the writing on the wall. The abortion ship has sailed. The gay marriage ship has sailed. Family values? What does that even mean in 2015?
As politically dicey as it might be to launch a campaign for God, you can’t help but respect Carson. Even if you’re a dedicated atheist, his candor is refreshing. Together with Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, he represents a new breed of politicians who aren’t afraid to present the country with their true feelings. After years of carefully-prepared speeches and poll-driven platforms, they are a breath of fresh air.
Preach on, Dr. Carson.