In the “Waaaah! You won’t let us persecute you” category today is Ben Carson, fresh from expressing his rapture ready credentials. Carson, already infamous for opening his mouth to let the stupid out at every opportunity, told Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg yesterday that his imaginary “anti-Christian” sentiment in the U.S. is due to people “buy[ing] into the PC methodology.”
“I don’t think most people, if they really stopped and thought about it would say, ‘I’m anti-Christian,’ but they buy into the PC methodology and hence they find themselves going with that crowd.”
No, they probably wouldn’t say they’re anti-Christian because they know Christians and however they might feel about dogma or doctrine, they know Christians or have family members who are Christian and therefore see Christians as “just folks.” You know, because most of us don’t concern ourselves too much with the religion of people we meet, unless they shove it in our faces.
You know, like telling us we’re going to hell if we don’t agree with them. Or offering to “pray for us” at every opportunity. Or telling us if we can get married, or have contraceptives, or have an abortion. Or make our own life choices free of Carson and his friends imposing their beliefs on us.
Watch courtesy of Right Wing Watch:
Carson said he isn’t happy with the Supreme Court right now and though it may be the final arbiter of what is the law of the land, that can change:
“I’m not an anarchist, it is the law of the land, but that doesn’t mean we can’t change it. It doesn’t mean that there isn’t a reason that we have separation of powers and checks and balances, and clearly when one branch oversteps their boundaries, it’s time for the next one to act.”
You know, like when Congress decides the Executive Branch must simply do what the legislative branch tells it to do. That kind of overstep. At least Carson admits the Supreme Court’s role, unlike fellow presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, who doesn’t understand how these five unelected people got to make these decisions in the first place (hint: it’s in the United States Constitution).
Malzberg and Carson are pretty sure President Obama doesn’t care about dead Christians, you know, because our streets are littered with them, and everybody the Islamic State is killing is a Christian, because the Middle East is full of those:
“I don’t think he’s moved by dead Christians or dead Jews,” Malzberg said, “I think he’s moved by dead Muslims and dead thugs at the hands of police.”
“Well, you know, the sad thing is that a lot of people are buying into his way of thinking, and it’s very dangerous. We need to understand that America is a unique place. You can be, you can have an American dream. But is there a dream for any other place? I don’t think so. And we shouldn’t be so anxious to give it up, give up all our values and principles for the sake of political correctness.”
It’s difficult to understand what Carson is getting at here, unless it is devaluing Muslims in Syria and in other war-torn areas (war-torn because Republicans stirred things up by invading Iraq) and privileging Christians. Americans are exceptional, which means other people are, well, “meh.”
“Political correctness” is just a conservative buzz word for the liberal belief that all people are equal, which stands in stark opposition to Carson’s Republican belief that some people and some beliefs are “more equal” than others.
Carson, like Trump or any other Republican hopeful for 2016, is all about America at the expense of the rest of the world, full of that “I got mine, screw you” attitude the Republican base, which, ironically, gets screwed in the process too, seems to love so much.
The “Other” is the enemy of American values and if you don’t get with the Republican program, you’re not “one of us.” Which, though Republicans like Carson don’t realize it, is actually a good thing. Because America is and has always been about ethnic diversity and a plurality of beliefs.
According to the Constitution, there is nothing special about Christians, however much Carson wishes there to be. According to the law of the land, all religions are equal.
And if most of the people Obama is concerned about are Muslim it is because it is mostly Muslims being killed in the Middle East, not because he privileges Muslims over Christians.
Totalitarianism is the only answer to the proud legacy of American democracy, and it’s pretty easy to see who the totalitarians are in 2016.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.