“Rapture Ready” Ben Carson Blames Islam for Impending End of Days

A vote for “Rapture Ready” Ben Carson is a vote for a candidate who thinks we’re approaching the “end of days.” And sadly, he’s not talking about the end of his candidacy but the end of the world as we know it.

Journalist Sharyl Attkisson asked him Sunday on “Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson” if he thought they were near:

“What is your view on what’s happening around the globe and here in the U.S. in terms of what’s in the Bible? Do you think we’re at the end of days?”

Carson’s answer was not what you want to hear from your presidential hopefuls: “You could guess that we are getting closer to that.”

Sunday’s interview was, in many ways, an interview of the surreal. Take a look courtesy of Full Measure:

According to Carson, “You do have people who have a belief system that sees this apocalyptic phenomena occurring and that they are a part of it, who would not hesitate to use nuclear weapons if they gained possession of them.”

Almost certainly Carson was talking about Islam and somehow did not see the irony that his words were true of alleged Christians like himself, who seem to think God needs a little nudge in the right direction. It has been argued that the Jewish zealots who went up in flames in Jerusalem in the first century when they rebelled against Rome were trying to “force God’s hand.” There are plenty of Religious Right figures today who talk in a similar vein.

Attkisson asked Carson if he thought the “end of days” could be avoided: “So is there a chance to change the course if it is something that’s prophesied?”

He responded that “I think we have a chance to certainly do everything we can to ameliorate the situation.”

And then, in a bizarre and perhaps Freudian choice of words, Carson added, “I would always be shooting for peace. I wouldn’t just take a fatalist view of things.”

So here we have a presidential hopeful who says “I am a Christian [and] I believe in godly principles,” but who will not admit President Obama is a Christian. Carson told Attkisson that,

“[I believe in] loving your fellow man, caring about your neighbor [and] developing your God-given talents to the utmost so that you become valuable to the people around you.” And apparently say as many stupid things as you can fit into a single presidential campaign.

This is a man who has single-handedly made Donald Trump appear thoughtful and reflective.

He told Attkisson,

“I don’t think that our policies make a whole lot of sense,” where Obama’s approach to Syrian refugees is concerned.

“If you have people coming out of a region of the world where you’re likely to have infiltration by jihadists, why would you bring them to a country they are dedicated to destroying?”

Um, maybe because they are being killed, tortured, and driven out of their homes and need some simple f*cking Christian charity, Mr. self-proclaimed Christian? Carson says he doesn’t take a “fatalist view” of things yet he assumes these homeless refugees are bent on destroying the United States.

Seems pretty fatalist to me.

This interview was a bizarre meeting of minds, and far more inevitable than any “end of days.” The case of Attkisson is interesting in itself. CNN’s coverage explains that she is “a former CBS reporter” while Salon refers to her as “a discredited former CBS News veteran.”

Attkisson left CBS News in 2014 claiming that the network had a liberal bias of all things (remember, they are the only network to avoid mentioning whistleblower Bradley Podliska’s revelations about the Benghazi Committee Sunday). Those with the network who saw her reporting as agenda-driven and less than impartial were no doubt closer to the mark.

In her book Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington (Harpers) she said she actually believed not enough time had been spent covering Benghazi and that the “liberal media” protects Obama.

Yes. She said that.

And yes, Ben Carson said we’re approaching the “end of days” and that Islam is to blame. Here we have his own religion, which has not been able to pull its mindset away from Jesus’ return (the “Parousia”) for 2,000 years, and he’s blaming Islam? The United States, which Christian zealots like Carson want to control, has a huge nuclear arsenal. To the best of our knowledge, because they haven’t used one, the Muslims Carson fears so much have exactly ZERO.

But he is pointing fingers at Islam. This is right up Attkisson’s agenda-driven alley, and it exposes once again the conservative fear of “the other” as people who are above all driven by dreams of our destruction. It seems clear, however, that the real obsession over our destruction is driven by a dystopian Republican agenda that feeds on fear and hate.

It is not going too far to say that as even President Obama has noticed, the GOP has not figured out what it’s “for” because all they talk about is what they’re against.

It you like negative waves, the GOP is the party for you, because these people are bent on partying like it’s the end of days.

America – and the world – deserve more than a president who is looking at the “end of days.” We want to look forward into a wide-open future of hope, not into Carson’s rapture-ready abyss of despair.

23 Replies to ““Rapture Ready” Ben Carson Blames Islam for Impending End of Days”

  1. Sadly, I think the rapture already happened, and Carson and the rest of the GOP were ‘left behind.’ Had they been a little more Christian, maybe God would have spared the rest of us and taken them too.

  2. The end of the world as we know it will not come from Islam, but from the election of anyone in the GOP that espouses hate, divisiveness, and fear of “the other”, i.e. women, minorities, non-“Christians”, gays, the poor, and intelligence. In this election, it is the entire pool of GOP Presidential candidates.

  3. Maybe it is the end of days. I mean, Cruz has got to qualify as at least three of the horsemen of the apocalypse all by himself.

  4. I bet the Mullahs of Iran are saying “they call us crazy hell those nitwits n the US are the real crazy ones”

  5. Hey Ben, isn’t the “End of Days” scenario part of the christian “screenplay” as a sort of act 4 climax? It has survived all the different drafts and now you don’t want it anymore? Don’t complain if you bomb at the box office…

  6. How can a brain surgeon be so clueless? Physician, heal
    thyself. Let’s hope he learns from the informed party
    candidates debating tonight in Vegas. Jah bless.

  7. I’m hoping that this “end of days” is really the end of this so called campaign by Ben. I have never heard one word in my life about the end of days where Islam is at the center and or the antagonists. It has always been a purely “Christian” obsession that calls for the Jewish state and people being either destroyed or changing to Christianity along with the other drek that is completely fabricated. When will these idiots ever realize that the Revelations are about Rome as written by John of Patmos in THAT time frame and this alleged rapture was added in 1854 by a nutcase and both are held as “Truth” by nutcases every where today. Fools ALL!

  8. …kinda fun to think o’ the REST o’ us getting evacced and all the psychotics, sociopathetic personalities,…the Republican’t Potty and all o’ the extremists being left with a world they trashed…

  9. We’ve heard the GOP (to include, as of late, their political “generals”) loudly proclaim they are the party of the “Anti-Obama”, yes?

    Indeed they are. The Anti-Obama’ites are truly the proverbial “Sodomites” who are driving forces of behind our destruction not only here but throughout the world.

    It’s as if they’ve given themselves the title, “Official Apocalypses Walmart Greeters”, in an attempt to legislate, (railroad) “the other” into corrugated box cars, hauling them off to a destination of destruction…a land fill dump where the “sinners” well be “sacrificed” by the “Christian Collective”.

    That’s why Carson is so “goose-bumpy” as he has no fear of outing himself as the “Coo-Coo for Coco Puffs” candidate*.

    *(A cheap, soggy, air-ball full of fake chocolate meant to make you feel empty inside shortly after consumption).

  10. Republicans keep saying the most stupid and or hateful things and yet their paranoid base continues to eat it up. I’m beginning to think there really is something in that koolaid they’re drinking. How can so many people be so pathetically stupid, especially considering many of them are college educated?

  11. Christians are the ones with massive arsenals. Christians are the people who travel thousands of miles to kill any people who don’t submit to their religious dogma and tyranny..
    It’s Christians who demand that everyone comply with their world view. They are the ones who demand only Christians hold wealth and power.

    Christians are attempting to force them and us to submit to their rules and demands.
    What we have here is a Christian problem.

  12. Nazichristianity by the phony religious “prophets” is the reason. They sell hate and killing as something Jesus would approve of.

  13. For those who cannot read the actual report or at least watch the live interview, he never stated these things.
    He was asked these questions and reluctantly answered with answers like ‘ that could be a possibility’ and ‘I believe there are people whose belief….’. Just another case of exaggerated press. smh

  14. I don’t think Carson knows what he’s talking about (not that that’s any surprise.) Islam doesn’t have any belief in a time of final judgement, an apocalypse. Christianity and Judaism do – in fact, Jesus was an apocalyptic Jew, and most of what he taught had to do with preparing one for the day of judgement, when he returns to judge the dead and raise those who are worthy. Muslims believe they will be judged by God and will go to heaven if they’ve followed His laws, but that’s on an ongoing basis, not some huge event in the future. So there’s no way that ISIS or fundamentalist Muslims are trying to bring about an end of days.

  15. Revelations isn’t the only place in the Bible talking about judgement – that’s in almost everything Jesus taught. And there are those Christians who WANT Israel to succeed because it’s somehow necessary for Jerusalem to play a part in that judgement (I don’t really understand it, but it’s there.) I agree that John of Patmos was more specific about it when he wrote what we call Revelations, but the idea that the world will come to an end and God will judge everyone is a general part of what Jesus taught, and what most Jews believed at the time. But Islam doesn’t have anything like an apocalypse in its teachings, so its followers aren’t trying to bring it about. Carson’s an idiot.

  16. Republicans are sooo good at fear-mongering. They get people terrified out of all proportion to actual threats.

    Now folks are worried that jihadists will infiltrate the refugees and wreak havoc in the U.S. It’s ironic in so many ways.

    There’s the fact that Americans are way more likely to be killed by others Americans with guns.

    We’re also more likely to be attacked by *homegrown* (non-Muslim) terrorists, eg mass murderers, hate groups, right-wing militants.

    OTOH there’s the fear of the U.S., held by people in the ME. After all, they’re more likely to be hurt or killed by a U.S. military attack in their country, than we are to be attacked here by jihadists.

    And the refugees? At least 2/3 are women and children. Anyway, all refugees will undergo long, extensive screening before they ever set foot in this country.


  17. Hey Ben, you certainly did not study scripture, because if you did, you would not be spreading lies about the “rapture” or the “end of days.”

  18. Seriously, this author takes so much out of context that is hard to imagine that anyone could say anything correctly that are conservative or Christian. I think that Carson has some pretty moderate views compared to his contemporaries, and has more moral character than the Trumpster. Again, is anyone taking any of this seriously?

    I happen to believe that we are in the last days before Christ comes back for His church, but I agree with Ben in not having a fatalist view. As far as the Syrian’s are concerned, this overflow of the European borders with known terrorists are reaking havoc over there. I think he just wants to make sure that they are really refugees first. Seems common sense to me!!

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