When NBC's Chuck Todd tried to trip GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson with a question regarding faith and the U.S. Constitution last month on "Meet The Press," the professing Christian and retired neurosurgeon did not back down.
According to The Christian Post, Todd asked "Does the Bible have authority over the Constitution?"
Carson replied, "That is not a simple question by any stretch of the imagination. I think probably what you have to do is ask a very specific question about a specific passage of the Bible and a specific portion of the Constitution. I don't think you can answer that question other than out of very specific contexts."
Todd switched topics at that point, but it wasn't the first time he'd tried to make Carson stumble on matters of faith. According to Newsbusters.org, back in March he asked Carson, "You're a famed neurosurgeon, the best — some say — the best pediatric neurosurgeon living in the world today. You're a man of deep faith. Explain how science and religion, in your mind, co-exist."
Carson replied, "I personally believe that a person's religious beliefs are the things that make them who they are, gives them a direction in their life. But I do not believe that religious beliefs should dictate one's public policies and stances. I find a very good measure of correlation between my religious beliefs and my scientific beliefs. People say, 'How can you be a scientist, how can you be a surgeon, if you don't believe in certain things?' Maybe those things aren't scientific. [laughs] Maybe it's just propaganda.
"You know, I think what we should —I'm always willing to sit down and discuss things. And people who say, 'Well, you have to believe this, you have to believe that,' I'm willing to discuss with them why they believe what they believe, and why I believe what I believe, but that can't be done in a sound-bite type of interview. It needs to be done in a forum where you can sit down and deeply explain why you believe what you believe.”
What do you think of Carson's answers? If asked the same questions, how would you respond?