Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has recently posted a very revealing statement against FFRF.
Carson’s Facebook message deals with the federal lawsuit that FFRF and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) have filed over violations of the Freedom of Information Act involving Carson and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Our groups are suing over illegal denial of public information and fee waivers in two unrelated investigations.
On his Facebook page, Carson mockingly notes: “They are fearful that a hot beverage or a bagel may b
e consumed at the expense of taxpayers, or that staff may be coerced to participate in religious activities against their will.”
Carson denies any coercion, adding that “taxpayer funds are not used to support the ministry, and secondly, no staff are involved in the bible study.” It is reasonable to ask why, if this is the case, Carson is denying FFRF public documents that would prove this. FFRF is simply engaging in due diligence under FOIA and has a right to public information.
Carson’s Facebook posting then continues: “More importantly, I refuse to be intimidated by anti-religious groups into relinquishing my spirituality or religious beliefs.”
Carson’s continues: “I will not stop being a Christian while in service to this country, in fact, it is my faith that helps me serve the nation even better. The relentless attacks on the spirituality of our nation must be resisted.”
Carson also accuses nontheists of a plot to “destroy morality” by keeping religion out of our secular government. Carson himself is being accused of using his governmental position for his son’s gain.
Related: FFRF sues Ben Carson’s Dept. of HUD