(CNSNews.com) – Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson won an enthusiastic response from an audience at the Iowa State Fair Sunday as he called for Americans to unify to confront problems facing the nation – and made a fervent case for talking about God.
“We have to stop listening to these people who tell us that we cannot talk about God, we cannot talk about our faith,” the retired neurosurgeon said.
“I wonder, do they realize that our founding document, our Declaration of Independence, talks about certain inalienable rights given to us by our Creator – aka God?” he asked.
Carson went on to note the key references to God in the pledge of allegiance, on the walls of U.S. courtrooms, and on coins and banknotes.
“So, if it’s in our founding documents, it’s in our pledge, it’s in our courts and it’s on our money, but we’re not supposed to talk about it, what in the world is that?” he said. “In medicine we call it schizophrenia, a form of craziness.”
Carson said it was time for Americans “to realize that there’s nothing wrong with living by godly principles – of loving your fellow man, caring about your neighbor, developing your God-given talents to the utmost so that you become valuable to the people around you, having values and principles that govern your life.”
“And if we do that,” he concluded, “not only will we remain a pinnacle nation, but we will truly have one nation, under God.”
Carson in his remarks underscored the fact that he is “not a politician.” Others competing for the presidential nomination, he said, “want to get re-elected; I want to save our nation.”
He made an appeal for Americans to unify, decrying what he called “the divisiveness that is going on in our society.”
“We, the American people, are not each other’s enemies,” he said. “The enemies are those people who are trying to make us think that we are each other’s enemies.”
Carson said the problems facing the nation, like the “immoral” debt problem, were not Republican problems or Democratic problems.
“They are American problems versus un-American, and we have got to remember that we are Americans first,” he said.