Atheist activists must’ve thought Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson was an easy target.
They were wrong.
After being sued over his Christian faith, Carson fired back by saying: “I will not stop being a Christian while in service to this country.”
The soft-spoken chief of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, struck a defiant note in response to a lawsuit filed against him by a group of atheist activists this week in response to his weekly Cabinet-level bible studies: “I will not stop being a Christian while in service to this country.”
The lawsuit was filed by the pro-atheist group Freedom From Religion Foundation, also known as FFRF, and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW.
CREW is part of the constellation of activist groups directed by partisan Democratic activist David Brock.
Evangelicals rushed to defend Carson and the voluntary weekly Bible study on Friday. Carson was named as a defendant in the lawsuit in his capacity as HUD secretary.
Johnnie Moore, the evangelical author and unofficial spokesman for President Trump’s Evangelical Council, told Newsmax: “Had I not had the context, I would have thought this news story was from Communist China, not the United States.”
Each week, several members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet meet at the White House for a Bible study. CBN reports that in addition to Carson, regular attendees include Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Pompeo is thought to be on the short-list to eventually succeed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
The Washington Times has reported that Vice President Mike Pence stops the bible study whenever his schedule permits. The president has a standing invitation to attend as well.
Ralph Drollinger, the founder of Capitol Ministries, a group that works to establish faith-based programs associated with state, local, and federal leaders nationwide, as well as in 24 countries abroad, is credited with initiating the bible study, according to the Washington Times.
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The atheist group, Freedom From Religion Foundation, and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a left wing advocacy group founded by David Brock, are now suing HUD and Carson for not reimbursing them for the Freedom Of Information Act requests through which information on the Bible studies were discovered.
The FOIA requests sought to see if government resources had been spent to fund the Bible study and to see if Trump administration staff are being pressured into attendance. For every FOIA there is a standard fee if the information requested is not in the public interest or related to the agencies operations. HUD charged FFRF and CREW a fee for the information they requested and the groups sued in return.
The lawsuit claimed that HUD charged for the FIOA because the “documents is likely to cast the agency or HUD Secretary Ben Carson in a negative light.”
Get some, Ben!
Don’t let these fools intimidate you.