Dr. Ben Carson had his turn at the podium on Tuesday night during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Carson arrived onstage to rousing applause, with the former Republican Presidential Candidate immediately speaking about his faith in God. Ben spoke about hating political correctness and loving the fact that U.S. money clearly states, “In God We Trust.” Carson spoke of the Pledge of Allegiance with its words stating that the country is “one nation under God, indivisible.”
However, it was Carson’s links to Hillary Clinton and Lucifer that got social media going — and will more than likely inspire a future segment on SNL with Dana Carvey’s “Church Lady” coming back to life to deliver the famous line asking, “Shall we say, Satan?”
Carson pointed to Hillary’s connection to author Saul Alinsky to draw the lines to the devil. As reported by Yahoo, Clinton wrote a letter to Alinsky when Hillary was only 23 and fawning over the Chicago community activist’s work. Clinton would go on to ask about Saul’s forthcoming book at the time (1971) and wonder in the letter when Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals would be published.
The odd thing about the dedication to that book, as reported by Goodreads, is that it does include an “acknowledgement” to Lucifer from Saul, who praised the devil’s radical rebellion against God — a deity and heavenly locale that Alinsky calls the establishment, quipping that Lucifer won his own kingdom because of his rebellion.
“Lest we forget at least an over the shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins – or which is which), the very first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.”
Whereas Saul joked about not knowing if the Lucifer story was a myth or actual historical fact — openly vocal Christians like Carson find such demonic writings anything but funny. As reported by Bible Hub, Jesus spoke of seeing Satan cast out of heaven — and describes Lucifer’s kingdom of Hades as something you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy.
“I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Ben’s own story, chronicled in the book Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story — which was also made into a movie — displayed the deep faith that the neurosurgeon has claimed for years. Since then, Carson has been held up as a somewhat anomaly of a man in the Christian community: one that believes in medical sciences but also the sanctity of life in Ben’s pro-life stance.
Whereas endless jokes about Carson with his Jesus portraits can be found on social media, those that share the faith of Ben take Scripture literally when it comes to matters of heaven or hell.
Therefore, the fact that Clinton met Alinsky in 1969 and used his 1946 handbook, Reveille for Radicals, for much of her thesis research about his theories could be relevant to Clinton’s belief systems. When the 1971 work that Carson referenced with the Lucifer attribution came out — Rules for Radicals — Hillary had initially missed it, according to her 1971 letter. The book was published one year prior to Alinsky’s death.
Meanwhile, Hillary had biblical thoughts in mind when asking Saul about his new book.
“Dear Saul. When is that new book [Rules for Radicals] coming out — or has it come and I somehow missed the fulfillment of Revelation? I have just had my one-thousandth conversation about Reveille and need some new material to throw at people.”
Alinsky even offered Clinton a job at one point, but Hillary said no due to her decision to attend law school instead. Whether Hillary knew about the Lucifer passage in Saul’s book remains to be seen.
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