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Ben Carson brings ‘Lucifer’ into the political conversation

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Inviting Ben Carson to give a high-profile speech at the Republican National Convention may have seemed like a good idea to party officials and organizers. The retired physician may have failed badly as a presidential candidate, but he remains popular with the GOP base, and his speeches tend to be well received.

 

Sure, Carson has struggled badly at times as a surrogate for Donald Trump’s campaign, but how bad could he be in Cleveland? After all, the party would review his prepared remarks in advance.

 

Of course, that only works out when Carson actually sticks to the script. Last night, he didn’t.

 

Ben Carson went off script during his convention address Tuesday night, linking frequent conservative target Saul Alinsky – and Lucifer – to Hillary Clinton.

 

“One of the things I have learned about Hillary Clinton is that one of her heroes is Saul Alinsky,” Carson said.

 

Alinsky has been a popular target for the right and his ideas have been tied to President Obama and Clinton. Carson said Alinsky acknowledged Lucifer in one of his books.

 

Straying from his prepared text, Carson posed a hypothetical question to his audience: “This is a nation where every coin in our pocket and every bill in our wallet says in ‘In God We Trust.’ So are we willing to elect someone as president who has as their role model somebody who acknowledges Lucifer?”

 

Let’s put aside for now the fact that Alinsky, a ’60s-era organizer, is not actually Hillary Clinton’s “role model.” Let’s also look past the right’s bizarre preoccupation with the long-deceased radical activist.

 

Instead let’s pause to appreciate what’s become of Republican politics in the 21st century. Those who tuned in to watch the Republican National Convention in prime time heard a former presidential candidate play a degrees-of-separation game connecting the Democratic nominee to Lucifer.

 

And he was quite serious.

 

Carson went on to say, “The secular progressive agenda is antithetical to the principles of the founding of this nation. And if we continue to allow them to take God out of our lives, God will remove himself from us. We will not be blessed, and our nation will go down the tubes. And we will be responsible for that. We don’t want that to happen.”

 

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Washington (CNN)Former presidential candidate Ben Carson said Wednesday that he linked Hillary Clinton to a prominent community organizer, Saul Alinsky, who once offered measured praise of Lucifer in a book, to provide "perspective" on what type of president the Democrat would be.

 

"Recognize that this is a very famous book -- 'Rules for Radicals' -- and on the dedication page, you acknowledge Lucifer in an admirable way saying he's the original radical who gained his own kingdom," Carson told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day." "What I am saying is that we are talking about electing to the presidency an individual who embraces someone who obviously is not someone who is consistent."

 

Clinton wrote her 1969 Wellesley undergraduate thesis on Alinsky -- though she's said in her own book that she had "fundamental" disagreements with him," according to an analysis of Carson's comments on Politifact.

 

At Tuesday's Republican National Convention, Carson asked attendees if they could elect Clinton given her relationship to Alinsky, who critics have long accused of harboring communist sympathies.

"Let me tell you something about Saul Alinsky," he said. "He wrote a book called 'Rules for Radicals.' On the dedication page, it acknowledges Lucifer, the original radical who gained his own kingdom."

 

Carson asked, "So are we willing to elect someone as president who has as their role model someone who acknowledges Lucifer?"

 

On "New Day" Carson said Clinton considering the former community organizer and political activist a mentor is troublesome.

 

"She believed that at that time. And now you look at her actions. You look at what she advocates ... those are pretty consistent, quite frankly," he said.

 

Carson, who has endorsed Donald Trump, said Alinsky's teachings matter given his influence in Clinton's life.

 

"We all have people who are our mentors. We all have people that we admired as a college student. At Wellesley, she was on a first name basis with Saul Alinsky. He offered her a job after she finished, but she decided to go to law school. They were very close," he said.

 

The Clinton campaign did not respond to CNN about Carson's comment.

 

Author Salman Rushdie tweeted Wednesday that Carson fails to recognize the difference between irony and humor in the acknowledgment.

 

"The Satanic Acknowledgment: This is Saul Alinsky on Lucifer. Can't expect Ben Carson to recognize irony or humor," he tweeted.

 

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Do these publications realize that they are calling Jesus a liar? They are suggesting that Jesus could not tell the difference between legend, myth, and history.

  • Luke 10:18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

 

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