Right before finishing fourth in the Iowa caucuses, Republican candidate Dr. Ben Carson issued a final plea to voters, saying they should beware of people who advocate the Constitution’s separation of church and state clause because they suffer from a certain type of “schizophrenia,” causing them to have “seizures” every time they lay eyes on a cross.
Appearing before an assembly of his constituents, Carson declared that since God is in the Declaration of Independence, the Pledge of Allegiance (est. 1954), and on U.S. coinage, there is in fact no actual separation between God and politics:
We Americans must be proud of who we are. We cannot give away our values and principles for the sake of political correctness. And, you know, there are those —there are those who go around proclaiming “Separation of church and state! You can’t put anything up that has anything to do with God, certainly nothing to do with Jesus Christ,” and, you know, “I’ll have a seizure if I see a cross,” and all this kind of crap, you know…
The fact of the matter is: Do they realize that our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, says we have certain inalienable rights given to us by our Creator, a.k.a. God? That the Pledge of Allegiance says we’re one nation “under God”? Most courtrooms, on the wall, it says “In God We Trust.” Every coin in our pocket, every bill in our wallet, says “In God We Trust.” If it’s in our founding documents, it’s in our Pledge, in our courts, and it’s on our money, but we’re not supposed to talk about it, what in the world is that? In medicine, we call it “schizophrenia.” And doesn’t that explain a lot of what’s going on in our nation?
According to Hemant Mehta of Patheos, “Carson’s wrong so many times in that little speech. We’re not having seizures if we see a cross. We just want the government remaining neutral on matters of religion, and we’re rightfully angry when we see Christianity get free government advertising.”