Carson Refuses to Back Down in Face of Increasing Media Attacks

Dr. Ben Carson (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Sick and tired of defending himself against the media, Ben Carson is turning the conversation back around on his attackers—and with the perfect amount of irony, he called out the dishonesty of the media at the National Press Club.

Since that speech, Carson has taken further opportunities to address the partisanship of the press, a campaign that was largely provoked by the way the media sensationalized his comments after the October 1st shooting at Umpqua Community College. Looking back at this controversial interview in light of Carson’s new crusade against media bias, it is clear that this outsider presidential candidate is getting at a larger goal: maintaining identity.

His comments about the Umpqua shooting reveal that Carson is first trying to salvage the identity of individual Americans. As he pointed out in his National Press Club speech, the media only reported Carson’s comment that he probably would not go to visit the community after the shooting if they didn’t want him to be there.

Taken out of context, his response sounded cold and heartless. However, juxtaposed with the question on Obama’s visit to the community in order to push his gun control agenda, Carson’s comments were concerned with respecting the grief, dignity, and identity of the individuals.

“Isn’t this about the people? This whole country, of for and by the people?  The poor families of those individuals had to be hurting so badly,” Carson said.

In response, Carson declared #IamAChristian on Twitter in order to give support to the families and the nation. Continue Reading

Another Fake Carson Scandal: Be a Hero and Fight an Attacker

Dr. Ben Carson (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Dr. Ben Carson is in deep trouble according to the media mavens. Did they discover his missing emails containing classified material? Was he caught trying to get the IRS to audit his political enemies? Did he threaten, if elected president, to use executive orders to ram through his agenda?

No, Carson’s “scandal” is bigger than any of those.

Asked on Fox News what he would have done if he was in a situation similar to what students faced at Umpqua Community College (UCC) in Oregon, Carson said, “I would not just stand there and let him shoot me. I would say, ‘Hey guys, everybody attack him!’ He may shoot me, but he can’t get us all.”

Left-wing reaction was immediate. “Outrageous!” “Unacceptable!” MSNBC commentators translated Carson’s observation as being critical of the dead students for being too passive. Of course, Dr. Carson meant no such thing.

He suggested that he would have led a counterattack against the murderer. You know — like Todd Beamer and the other passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 on 9/11, who saved our country from even more death.

Or like what Chris Mintz did at the community college where he charged the shooter and was shot multiple times. Or what the three young Americans, including Alek Skarlatos who attends UCC, did on a Paris train when a jihadist attempted yet another massacre of infidels.

The left gets very nervous when the sheeple, excuse me, people start talking about fighting back against evil. Continue Reading

Jindal’s Surprising Message on the Oregon College Shootings

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

While most people are talking about gun control in the wake of the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Oregon last week, Bobby Jindal is connecting the massacre to a culture “fill[ed] with garbage.” This op-ed from him in RedState will certainly get you thinking:

I’m going to start today by venting, and I will warn you in advance that this is going to be a sermon, but someone needs to speak the truth for a change:

Another week, another mass shooting, another press conference by the President lecturing us on the need for gun control, and now Hillary and Obama are in a race to see which of them can be the most extreme in trying to destroy the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Rinse and repeat.

But there is something missing from this discussion, and it’s a glaring omission that everyone knows deep down, but politicians are afraid to talk about.

I’m going to go ahead and talk about it, and I don’t care at all if some people don’t like it, the truth is important.

What is the root cause of all these evil acts? These people who go into classrooms and churches and murder innocent people? How did we get to this place?

These shootings are a symptom of deep and serious cultural decay in our society.

Let that sink in for a minute.

These acts of evil are a direct result of cultural rot, and it is cultural rot that we have brought upon ourselves, and then we act like we are confounded and perplexed by what is happening here.

Continue Reading

Huckabee Calls Out Obama for Ignoring Christian Massacre, Blames Media

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

In the wake of the Umpqua Community College shooting, which resulted in the injury and death of 19 people including the shooter, President Obama came before the media to condemn mass shootings on a national scale:

Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine. The conversation in the aftermath of it. We’ve become numb to this.

He also spoke on the history of mass shootings in our country and gun laws and even made a call to politicize these shootings so that we might prevent them.

Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee went on the Steve Malzberg Show last week to respond to the President’s statement. According to Huckabee, President Obama completely, blatantly and intentionally missed the opportunity to discuss the issue of religion:

The president always wants to be defensive and tell us that there’s no such thing as Islamic terrorism, these aren’t religious people even though we all know they are but when it seems the target is a Christian, he conveniently just ignores it, denies it or just moves on to something else. It is incredibly significant that there was a religious intent and motive in this shooter’s attitude.

Instead, he focused on gun laws which Governor Huckabee, along with most Republican politicians, does not believe will solve the nationwide problem:

Every time he has this proposal, it’s always about tackling a problem that doesn’t exist and not dealing with the real problem.

Continue Reading

The Largest Massacre of Christians on American Soil

Seeking more information about the Oregon shooter, I googled “killing Christians” and came up with this book: Killing Christians: Living the Faith Where Its Not Safe to Believe.

Neither the author of that book (which is about foreign persecutions) nor I ever imagined that would include a place like Roseburg, Oregon.

The man who killed almost a dozen community college students was a self-described satanist, who hated organized religion, claimed to be “spiritual but not religious” on a dating website, and also, strangely enough, identified as a conservative Republican.

At least two survivors have confirmed that the killer specifically asked victims to stand up and say whether or not they were Christians. Those who said “yes” were shot in the head, while those who didn’t answer or said “no” were shot in the legs.

This incident may have created more Christian martyrs on American soil than any other incident in our nation’s history.

Could the “dehumanizing hatred” displayed by culturally powerful elites that I wrote about here play any part in egging on that disturbed and evil young mind?

Maybe it is time to draw attention to the phenomenon George Yancey documented in his book, So Many Christians, So Few Lions: Is There Christianophobia in the United States?

Maybe 9 dead young martyrs are enough to make that part of the conversation at least?

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at American Principles in Action. Continue Reading