The first step in dealing with anti-Christian social justice warriors is not letting them intimidate you.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson defiantly responded to two left-wing groups’ opposition to his regular White House Bible studies, saying “I will not stop being a Christian while in service to this country.”
Atheist organization Freedom From Religion Foundation and advocacy group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed lawsuits against HUD and Carson over Freedom of Information Act requests related to the Bible studies, the Daily Caller’s Benny Johnson reported.
Carson frequently participates in Bible study sessions with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The two left-wing groups submitted FOIA requests to learn whether government resources had been spent on the Bible study and whether the president’s staff were pressured into attending.
Every FOIA request comes with a standard fee when the requested information is unrelated to the relevant agency’s operations or is not in the public interest.
After HUD charged FFRF and CREW for their FOIA requests, the groups sued the agency and Carson for not reimbursing them.
The lawsuit alleged HUD’s refusal to cover the cost of the FOIA request was because the information would portray Carson in a negative light.
The HUD Secretary fired back, declaring:
“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.”
Carson dismissed the accusations against him.
“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, taxpayer funds are not used to support the ministry, and secondly, no staff are involved in the Bible study.”
“We sometimes smugly say that we won the cold war with the Soviet Union, but it was Joseph Stalin, the Russian tyrant who said the United States could be destroyed from within by eroding three things: our patriotism, our morality, and our spirituality. These things are currently under severe attack. We the People must decide who we are and what we stand for. If we don’t, the ending of the Cold War might change dramatically.”
The Trump administration’s defense of Christianity is a far-cry from the Obama-era. Thank goodness!