Ben Carson Strikes Back At Atheists Suing Over White House Bible Study
He may have been soft-spoken on the campaign circuit and maintained a low profile as he has taken the reins as head of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, but HUD Secretary Ben Carson recently blasted a pro-atheist group in response to a lawsuit filed over the weekly Bible study attended by members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet.
The lawsuit against Carson and HUD, filed last month by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), seeks to determine if government resources were being used to conduct the Bible studies.
FFRF moved to sue Carson and HUD when they refused to waive the standard fees normally required for the request under the Freedom of Information Act.
Said Carson, “They are fearful that a hot beverage or a bagel may be consumed at the expense of taxpayers or that staff may be coerced to participate in religious activities against their will”
“First of all,” Carson continued in his post,“taxpayer funds are not used to support the ministry, and secondly, no staff are involved in the Bible study. More importantly, I refuse to be intimidated by anti-religious groups into relinquishing my spirituality or religious beliefs. One of the principles of our nation‘s founding is freedom of religion.
“I will not stop being a Christian while in service to this country, in fact, it is my faith that helps me serve the nation even better. The relentless attacks on the spirituality of our nation must be resisted. We are not like everyone else, which is precisely the reason that we rose so rapidly from obscurity to become the most powerful and free nation in history.”