Watch the clip and share your thoughts.
Not a really good clip.Carson is not a smart man. He acts like he’s running for pope. He’s not.
S.I., you DO realize he was giving a speech to a religious school? This wasn’t a stump speech? He didn’t put this out, someone else dredged it up and put it out there. I agree it’s not a “good clip”, It wasn’t meant to be. It was intended to make him seem extreme, ignorant, and even “extremely ignorant”. It was designed to distract people from the relevant, just like Nancy Reagan’s visits with psychics was supposed to make her look badly. Looks like “mission completed” as far as you’re concerned.
“Ben Carson thinks the pyramids were used to store grain, not buried rulers. 1) pyramids aren’t hollow, and 2) ancient Egyptians could write.”
Fortunately I heard the extended clip. The first two words you hear are “I believe”. That’s what makes this whole thing a non-issue. I’ve taught Bible study before, and whenever i’m sharing a belief I have that is not strictly from the Word, I make sure to say “I believe… ” or “I think…” or “I have the opinion that….” Who is to say the original intention WASN’T to build storage for grain? Where the heck are you going to store seven years of surplus grain? in the palace basement? After the famine years, perhaps they were re-purposed so that all that work didn’t go to waste? We don’t know.
And typical of the “tolerant” left, the “brotha” couldn’t bash Carson hard or fast enough. We are sometimes like crayfish in a bucket; dragging down whichever ones try to get to the top. You can disagree, but have some respect. The man is a doctor, and a highly skilled and knowledgeable one too.
So. You say “I believe” and everything after that is ignored, you get a pass on insanity? How about “I believe there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.” Does that qualify?
What a bunch of crap. This guy lives in a delusional bubble. He believes in creationism. He believes the pyramids were granaries. He believe he had a scholarship to West Point. He believes Jesus walked on water and rose to heaven. The man is not Presidential material. He’s a loon. He thinks “secular progressives” will not buy his wacky theories. Hello? He’ running for the most important secular job in the world! He’s not running for Theologian-in-Chief…
Who cares if he was a doctor. He wants to run my country. I’m not voting for someone who doesn’t believe in things for which there is overwhelming evidence. What next? “I believe Putin is Satan, so let’s start a nuclear war?”
Why do you secular folks feel so threatened by people who have a religious faith? This paranoia is pretty recent. Kennedy was probably one of the best presidents the Democrats came up with in years, and he was a practicing Catholic. Nobody quizzed him on his specific beliefs, so maybe that’s why you guys didn’t pitch a conniption. That, or the fact that he was as randy as possible for his physical condition so you figured “Eh, he’s going to Hell right along with the rest of us….” How about we live and let live, OK?
S.I. we are all entitled to our opinions. When you are giving a talk on historic events, especially when there are no eyewitnesses available to provide all the facts, it’s perfectly fine to speculate. Saying “I believe that the original purpose for the pyramids was to store grain” is not insanity. It’s his opinion. Refute it if you can, but that does not make him insane. Insanity would be him saying “I do not believe the pyramids actually exist” when we can walk right up and touch them. It’s been a few days since your post, but Dr. Carson has been posting info on Facebook that corroborates many of the things that people are questioning. He posted a copy of the ad that was running in black neighborhoods when the Army was trying to recruit people to attend the Academy. The ad has the words “Full Scholarship” right on the front! Check it out for yourself. You know that, as a Black Conservative, I have to be very careful what I post, so as usual you’ll find I’m right.
Quit fearing people of faith. There are several of them out there, running this nation in both the public and private sector capacity. Joe Biden is a prominently devout Catholic. Does HE scare you? I’d rather a person of faith with morals and known convictions be running this nation, than to have someone with NO morals, who says whatever she needs to say to get your vote, hold that office. At least you know what you’re getting.
You misread what I write. I am not threatened by faith. I’m threatened by beliefs that are not founded on fact and are held by someone who apparently does not care about facts, but wants to be my President. That threatens me.
We already had one President that almost destroyed my country because of his unsubstantiated beliefs. We don’t need another. If Carson wants to sit in his mansion and believe all kinds of patent nonsense, he doesn’t threaten me, as long as he stays there and writes his books.
I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating, because you seem to still think it’s valid.You ARE entitled to your own opinion. You are NOT entitled to your own facts.
And FACTS is what Carson is claiming knowledge of. The pyramids were not granaries built by Joseph (himself a fictional, mythological person). They are not hollow. They don’t even have a place to store grain. And the Egyptians who built them were educated and literate. So literate that they actually TOLD us what they were for. In writing. No one other than a mentally ill person believes for a second that Carson’s “opinion” bears any remote resemblance to a fact. And if that’s his opinion, he just disqualified himself from public office, because he is confusing reality from fantasy.
What you should be more concerned about, beyond my “paranoia”, is the mental stability of the current leader in the Republican Presidential polls.
I can’t believe you’re actually defending this.
I do not want you to feel “misread” or say that I “misquoted” you, so I’m pasting your comments right here: ” I am not threatened by faith. I’m threatened by beliefs that are not founded on fact and are held by someone who apparently does not care about facts, but wants to be my President. That threatens me.” According to the very secular Wikipedia, “Faith is complete confidence or trust in a person or thing; or a belief not based on proof.” Since you cannot prove a religious belief, I reiterate that you are threatened by faith. You say that the Egyptians “actually told us what they were for.” You heard this yourself? Or did you read it somewhere? I’m guessing the later, so you are choosing to disbelieve one account in favor of another. Let me say again, it’s POSSIBLE that the pyramids were built for one thing, and then repurposed for something completely different after the famine mentioned in the Bible After all the Egyptians were ‘educated’ right? Educated people do not waste. Dr.Carson stated his opinion to a crowd at a public event, not in a classroom where he was a professor or established expert. So what if he opines differently than you? That doesn’t make him crazy or stupid or even unfit to be president. I know your bias against anything even vaguely tied to the Judeo-Christian faith colors everything you post, but fair is fair. Having an opinion different from you doesn’t make them dangerous, or unfit to be president.
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