- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Dr. Ben S. Carson, renowned columnist and retired neurosurgeon, said America is seemingly in shambles, its Judeo-Christian roots ripped and its traditional family principles in chaos — the morally depraved result of a long line of progressive-minded policies that have seeped into national culture and politics.

“Get a book called ‘The Naked Communist,’ written in 1958, a long time ago, that lays out the whole secular progressive agenda, a large part of which is to kick our Judeo-Christian values to the side,” Mr. Carson said during an interview with Newsmax TV.

“And what we have today,” he said, “are those who say, ‘well, there is no such thing as the ideal family, [and that] every family situation is of equal value and this whole traditional family thing — this is what people who are bigots and religious fanatics talk about,’” he said.

Dr. Carson, who writes a syndicated column for The Washington Times, called it a scary scenario for the future of America.

“The majority of people in America, unfortunately, have been beaten down and actually find themselves afraid,” he said. “I talk to people all the time. I say, ‘Why don’t you speak up?’ ‘Well, I could lose my job. Somebody could call me a name. I could get an IRS audit.’ … This is America? How did this happen?”

He faulted universities as helping fuel such an atmosphere by shutting down commencement speeches from conservative leaders and encouraging students to rebel against those with traditional views.

“And we’re tolerating this? Not only are we tolerating it, our universities are saying to our students, ‘If somebody doesn’t agree with you, you shouldn’t hear them, but no one else should hear them either. If they have a business, you should destroy it. If they have a reputation, you should tarnish it,’” Mr. Carson told Newsmax. “This is pre-fascist thought. When I was a teenager, liberals of that time would have been horrified.”

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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