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Let Us Prey

MNTeacher Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 2:18 PM
In the narrowest sense, Dr. Carson's remarks may have been inappropriate for the occasion. The problem is that the occasion itself is so absurd that normal behavior and comments seem abnormal by comparison. A group of conservatives and liberals professing different faiths or no faith at all hanging around pretending that their religious views are somehow compatible? Now that's an absurd occasion. By speaking the unvarnished truth, Dr. Carson committed the sort of faux pas one makes by being fully clothed at a nudist camp. He is the only one there doing the right thing, and so he seems out of place.

Our politics have become so polarized and corrupted that a president of the United States cannot even attend an event devoted to drawing people closer to God and bridge partisan and cultural divides without being lectured about his policies.

Last Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Dr. Ben Carson, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a 2008 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, broke with a 61-year-old tradition and publicly disagreed with some of the president's policies, such as "Obamacare," taxation and the national debt. Disclosure: I have attended this event since...