We’ve known for a while that Ben Carson, one of those running for the Republican nomination in the 2016 Presidential election, is a creationist. The Wikipedia writeup on him devotes a paragraph to it.
We liked him in spite of that — although we admit that we became dubious when we learned that Klinghoffer Defends Dr. Ben Carson. Nevertheless, there are far more important issues facing the country, so if he became the nominee, being a creationist wouldn’t absolutely disqualify him in our humble opinion — as long as we liked his other views.
But we can’t overlook what we just learned at the website of WorldNetDaily (WND). They probably like him specifically because of what they report in their new article: Bible or Constitution? Ben Carson says ‘not so simple’.
They have a video of an interview of Carson on “Meet the Press.” It’s about 12 minutes long, but you don’t have to watch the whole thing — or any of it, because WND tells us what he said. If you click over there to take a look, the part that upsets us is in the last minute or two, starting at about the 11 minute mark. WND says:
Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson had no easy answer when he was bluntly asked on national television: which guides America’s government – the Bible or the Constitution?
Carson, a devout Seventh-day Adventist whose line of work, prior to seeking the White House, was as a neurosurgeon, paused a bit and then said: “That is not a simple question,” the NBC video showed.
He then said he couldn’t really answer without having a more specific scenario to address. “I think probably what you have to do is ask a specific question about a specific passage of the Bible and a specific portion of the Constitution,” he said. “I don’t think you can answer that question other than out of very specific context.”
Bad answer. Very bad. An American President is required to take an oath, which is described at the end of Article II, Section 1 of the US Constitution:
Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: — “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” [Emphasis supplied.]
And Article VI says:
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding. [Emphasis supplied.]
Carson doesn’t understand that. He thinks there may be some portion of the bible that supersedes the Constitution. A blunder like that is absolutely unforgivable. Sorry, Dr. Carson, nothing supersedes the Constitution.
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