I don’t understand Ben Carson’s supporters. There are two major issues that should send RWNJs running to other candidates:
- There are so many lies. Ben Carson is a big bullshitter. He’s the crazy uncle that says he was in the CIA. He’s the odd coworker who goes on about a “girlfriend” who has never been seen and can never make it to parties. Even Ted Nugent tells the truth about the time he shit his pants and didn’t shower for days to appear crazy and avoid the Vietnam War draft. Carson would have dodged the draft, claimed he was a war hero, wore military medals reserved for real heroes, then blamed the media for exposing his lie. And the radical right would still support him! Does anyone believe we’ve seen an end to the lies? How many right-wingers are going through the rest of his books and speeches hoping to get in front of more lies?
- This, I don’t get, at all. From Mojo:
With Carson faring so well in the GOP contest—especially among evangelical Christians who admire his Christian faith..
How is this even possible? Carson believes in the Seventh Day Adventist prophecy that other Christian religions, including Evangelicals and especially Catholics (which the Adventists believe are in league with Satan), will, upon the return of Jesus, work with Satan to destroy Jesus and the Adventists simply because Adventists call Saturday the Sabbath. RWNJs will make semantic arguments from every angle as to why this is false but this explanation is accurate and can’t be twisted into something else.
It was actually one of the Adventist church’s founders who had the harshest words for the Catholic Church and other churches that practiced the Sabbath on Sunday. From Mojo (with my emphasis):
Ellen White, one of the founders of the religion who, according to church doctrine, was a prophet, dwelled on the persecution of Seventh-day Adventists for Saturday worshiping in many of her writings, and repeatedly claimed that the Sunday Sabbath was the “mark of the beast”—that is, Satan’s doing. In one of her books, Love Under Fire, she charged that the Roman Catholic Church had changed the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday and that this had led to Christians “worshiping the beast and his image.”
Catholic.com had this to say about the Seventh-Day Adventists (my emphasis):
Seventh-day Adventists agree with many Catholic doctrines, including the Trinity, Christ’s divinity, the virgin birth, the atonement, a physical resurrection of the dead, and Christ’s Second Coming. They use a valid form of baptism. They believe in original sin and reject the Evangelical teaching that one can never lose one’s salvation no matter what one does (i.e., they correctlyreject “once saved, always saved”).
Unfortunately, they also hold many false and strange doctrines. Among these are the following: (a) the Catholic Church is the Whore of Babylon; (b) the pope is the Antichrist; (c) in the last days, Sunday worship will be “the mark of the beast”; (d) there is a future millennium in which the devil will roam the earth while Christians are with Christ in heaven; (e) the soul sleeps between death and resurrection; and (f) on the last day, after a limited period of punishment in hell, the wicked will be annihilated and cease to exist rather than be eternally damned.
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Many Catholics who do not frequently come in contact with Adventists or their literature do not realize just how hostile they can be toward the Church.
Trying to give others the benefit of the doubt, Catholics may suppose that anti-Catholicism is part of Adventism’s radical fringe. Unfortunately, this is untrue. Adventists who are moderate on Catholicism are a minority.
Worst of all for Evangelicals and Catholics, Carson had this to say just last year (my emphasis):
I don’t know what role the Lord has for me in all this. I do know—and looking at prophecy—that the United States will play a big role, that there has to be a return first to a religious awakening, and, more than likely, any persecution, particularly of the Sabbath, will come from the right, not from the left.
And he’s right about that – the left could care less which religion you belong to, or if you are agnostic or atheist. To each his own. Historically, its the religious right that insists on a religious purity that’s in line with their beliefs. But its the hypocrisy coming from today’s religious conservatives, who are constantly using their “superior” religion to attack other religions (read: Muslims), who now care as little about Carson’s religion and the church’s severe view of Evangelicals and Catholics as they cared in 2012 about Romney’s Mormon religion and the church’s teachings about multiple Gods on multiple planets. The religious right used to call things like this “blasphemy”. Now, its called “winning, at all costs”. Just say you’re a conservative and, literally, anything goes.