Ben Carson’s Historical Ignorance: Pledge Of Allegiance Is Proof Of America’s Christian Roots (VIDEO)

Dr. Ben Carson really should have stuck to neurosurgery. Had he done so, the whole world wouldn’t now be privy to the fact that, outside of neurosurgery, he really is a moron. Well, it’s too late now, as every time the guy opens his mouth, he says something that is even crazier than his last statement, and that’s saying something. Well, here we go again.

Ben Carson, like other right-wing nuts, truly believes that America was founded upon Christianity, and therefore Christians should get special rights and treatment under the law, and be able to force their beliefs upon others. Carson’s latest contribution to this ridiculous line of thought is using the Pledge of Allegiance and what he calls “founding documents” as his “proof” that America was founded on Christianity. While on a book tour to promote his newest ramblings, entitled A More Perfect Union, Carson insisted that America was founded on Judeo-Christian values, and that he could prove it. He began by talking about his presidential candidacy:

“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.”

All of this nonsense took place at– of course– a megachurch in Georgia by the name of Free Chapel, where Carson promised the faithful that if he makes it into the Oval Office, God will take over America, everyone else be damned.

He then goes on to use the fact that “In God We Trust” is on our money and that the nationalist indoctrination that is the Pledge of Allegiance has the words “under God” in its message to “prove” that America is a Christian nation, and that nothing can change that.

Well, I’ve got news for you, Dr. Carson. “In God We Trust” was first added to coins in the U.S. in 1864– nearly a century after America defeated Great Britain to become its own nation. It did not grace paper currency until 1957. Further, it did not replace E Pluribus Unum (“out of many, one”) as the national motto until 1956 during the Cold war, which took place roughly 60 years ago. Also, “Under God” was not added to the Pledge of Allegiance until 1954.

In other words, no, America’s founding documents said not one word about Christianity or religion at all, except for the Establishment Clause, which reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

It’s that first part you need to pay attention to, Dr. Carson, because if you get into office and impose laws based upon Christianity as you say you will, you’ll be in violation of not only the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, but also the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. Brush up on your history and Constitutional law, sir, prior to going any further in this race. After all, if you don’t, you’ll only get yourself impeached.

Christian theocrats have been slowly taking over this nation for decades, and the nutbaggery that we are seeing now is the fruits of their labor blossoming. They are dangerously ignorant, and none of them should be anywhere near public office.

No, Dr. Carson, America is not, nor has it ever been, a Christian nation. Real history– not the myths of rabidly intolerant Christians– is what made this great nation what it is. Read a history book, sir, and learn some facts. And by “history book”– no, I don’t mean the Bible.

Watch Carson’s latest bit of lunacy below:

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