Ben Carson, Eric Metaxas Warns of Loss of Religious Freedom at CPAC
By Napp Nazworth , Christian Post Reporter Ben Carson and Eric Metaxas, who both gained notoriety for their speeches at a National Prayer Breakfast, appeared together Saturday and warned about a loss of religious freedom, at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md.
The controversy over the Obama administration's birth control mandate is about religious freedom, not contraception, Metaxas argued.
The birth control mandate requires all employers to cover contraception, sterilization and the "morning-after" pill, in their employees health care plans. There is a religious exemption, but the exemption is so narrow that most religious employers do not qualify. Houses of worship, for instance, are exempt, but a religious school, hospital or social service organization, is not exempt.
"Freedom of worship says you can have your little strange rituals and say whatever you like in your little religious buildings for an hour or two on Sundays, but once you leave that building you will bow to the secular orthodoxy of the state," Metaxas explained. "We will tell you what to think on the big and important questions like when life begins and who gets to decide when to end it and what marriage is, and if you don't like it, tough luck. That's freedom of worship and they have that in China and they had that in Germany in Bonhoeffer's day."
Metaxas is also concerned that the introduction of gay marriage will lead to a loss of religious freedom. " No, if marriage is redefined, it will utterly cripple religious freedom in America and it's already beginning to do that and no one is even talking about this."
"We have to resist this war on God," Carson, a neurosurgeon who will soon retire, said. "People don't want to talk about God and don't you ever dare mention Jesus Christ. And this is supposed to be a country where we have freedom of religion and freedom of speech? It is absolutely absurd."