Ben Carson Owes No Apologies|
February 18, 2013
According to Cal Thomas, well-known nationally syndicated columnist, Dr. Ben
Carson owes President Obama an apology.
Carson spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC this past week –
a bi-partisan annual event held since 1953, attended by members of Congress and
usually the President.
President and Mrs. Obama were present this year and Thomas feels that Dr. Carson
was out of line for including in his remarks comments about areas considered
public policy – our national debt, our tax system, our publics schools, and
According to Thomas: “Our politics have become so polarized and corrupted that a
president of the United States cannot even attend an event devoted to drawing
people closer to God and bridge partisan and cultural divides without being
lectured about his policies.”
Dr. Carson is an African American physician, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery
at Johns Hopkins Hospital, who rose out of poverty in a ghetto in Detroit. He
was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush in 2008 and is a
role model for every American of every background.
I’m also proud that he serves on the national advisory board of my organization,
Although Carson did mention these various aspects of how we manage – or
mismanage – our national affairs, he never once referred to the president or
associated his comments on these issues with any political party.
To the extent to which President Obama might have taken Dr. Carson’s remarks as
personal criticism, it would only be in the sense of “If the shoe fits, wear
To the contrary, Dr. Carson began his remarks with citations from Proverbs and
Chronicles, and tied the issues he spoke about to his broader theme about the
moral crisis of our nation today. He talked about the moral decay of ancient
Rome and how “they destroyed themselves from within.”
And he then expressed optimism about Americans being able to solve our problems
because “we are smart” and that “we have some of the most intellectually gifted
people leading our nation.”
No, if President Obama was offended by Dr. Carson’s penetrating remarks, it is
because the president had to be the one losing perspective of the moral tone of
the event and Dr. Carson’s observations.
What seems to offend Cal Thomas is that Dr. Carson has not fallen victim to the
Washington disease that Thomas himself seems to have contracted as result of too
many years in our nation’s capital.
Carson noted the vital importance of freedom of expression in America and how
“political correctness keeps people from talking about important issues while
the fabric of the society is being changed.” He warned that “we can’t fall for
What, after all, is the point of a National Prayer Breakfast, “devoted to
drawing people closer to God,” if the core issue now dividing us is whether we
are indeed a “nation under God” and whether this means that His Word, as
revealed in scripture, is even relevant to our national life and how we conduct
This Word has already been banished from our public schools and increasingly
from all our public spaces. Now apparently it’s even off limits at the National
If anything, Dr. Carson was forgiving to not mention the moral disaster of
abortion legal under any circumstances and 55 million murdered unborn children
-supported by our president. Nor did he mention our president’s endorsement of
same sex marriage and today’s collapse of the American family.
The prophet Isaiah admonished, “To what purpose is the multitude of your
sacrifices to me? says the Lord…..even when you make many prayers I will not
hear: your hands are full of blood….cease to do evil, learn to do good…”
Religious ritual devoid of content is pointless and destructive. This was
Isaiah’s message 2800 years ago.
This is Dr. Ben Carson’s critical message for America today. Certainly nothing
to apologize about.
Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal
and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based
public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle
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