Bill Maher discussed Ben Carson’s strange and potentially dangerous religious beliefs on the November 20 edition of Real Time.
Carson identifies as a Seventh Day Adventist, a sect of Christianity which believes that Jesus will return to Earth very soon, starting the rapture and end the world as we now it. The sect was founded on a guarantee that the world would end in the 1840s. Although the prediction obviously didn’t come true, that somehow didn’t effect the religion’s popularity.
Carson’s religious convictions rarely undergo scrutiny, unlike his beliefs about the pyramids, but Maher argued on his show that the presidential candidate’s belief that the world was ending could potentially be dangerous.
How serious can people like this be about wanting to improve the future when they don’t think we’ll be around for it? A majority of evangelicals say Christ will either probably or definitely return to Earth by 2050 — depending on his schedule. So why fix the street lights if there’s just gonna be a big fight with Satan? Why reform health care? Why wear pants?!
Ben Carson says he could “feel God’s fingers pushing him to be President.” You know what? Tell God to keep His fingers to Himself. Because we know where those fingers have been: In every war in human history, from the ones He started in the Old Testament to the one that just played out in Paris.
Although religious beliefs certainly should not automatically exclude any candidate, they also cannot be ignored, since they will certainly influence Carson’s vision for America.
Watch, via Real Time with Bill Maher (The Carson bit starts at about 2:30):