It is quickly becoming apparent that for all of his knowledge of medical science, Ben Carson knows next to nothing about American history.
Speaking at a megachurch in Georgia on Sunday, Dr. Carson, a neurosurgeon, declared that the motto “In God We Trust,” which is found on American money, and the Pledge of Allegiance both prove that the United States is a Christian nation.
“A lot of people have said to me: ‘Why are you willing to get into this fray when you had such a wonderful career and reputation and you were blessed financially and you could just sit back and relax?’ Well, I’ll tell you why: It’s because America is worth saving. If that means getting into a war with the PC police, I’m ready to fight that war — and I hope you will join me.”
And then Carson went on his anti-history rant, telling the adoring church crowd:
“The pledge of allegiance to our flag says we are one nation under God. Many courtrooms in the land on the wall it says ‘In God We Trust.’ Every coin in our pocket, every bill in our wallet says ‘In God We Trust.’”
But what Carson neglected to mention is that Congress adopted “In God We Trust” as the official motto nearly 60 years ago, during the Cold War. It did not exist at the time the nation was founded. The same is true for the Pledge of Allegiance, which was written in 1892 and adopted by Congress in 1945. “Under God” was not added to the pledge until 1954, 178 years after the United States declared its independence.
Carson, however, did not let the facts of history deter him, plowing ahead and telling the church members:
“So if it’s in our founding documents, it’s in our pledges, in our courts and it’s on our money, but we’re not supposed to talk about it, what in the world is that?. In medicine it’s called schizophrenia — and I, for one, am simply not willing to kick God to the curb.”
While we’re on the topic of mental illness, Dr. Carson, what exactly would you call someone who cannot even comprehend the basics of our country’s history? Stupid, clueless, or just a hack who thinks he can distort his way to a higher poll number?