Retired neurosurgeon and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson urged social conservatives Friday to “stop allowing the progressives to drive God out of our land” and to stop letting “purveyors of division” split them up.
“What are our values?” Mr. Carson said at the 2015 Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. “One nation, unity — let’s stop letting the purveyors of division divide us up.
“You know what? They don’t even care if you agree with ‘em as long as you shut your mouths and sit down,” he said. “I think it’s time for us to stop shutting our mouths and sitting down.
“Also, one nation, under God. We have to stop allowing the progressives to drive God out of our land,” he said to applause. “We must be willing to stand up for it, because as they drive Him out, look at the direction that we’re going in. It’s a downward spiral — we need to stop it now.”
Mr. Carson’s speech was well-received at the gathering. He has finished second behind Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a 2016 GOP rival, for two straight years in the event’s presidential straw poll.