Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson recently used an extended metaphor about rabid dogs to discuss efforts to vet refugees fleeing the bloody civil war in Syria. While speaking at a campaign event in Mobile, Alabama, Carson compared the need to screen refugees before they enter the U.S. with the steps a community would take to protect children from rabid dogs.

“If there is a rabid dog running around your neighborhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog. And you’re probably going to put your children out of the way,” Carson said. “Doesn’t mean that you hate all dogs, by any stretch of the imagination. But, you’re putting your intellect into motion and you’re thinking, how do I protect my children?”

Carson also stated that the expected influx of refugees into the United States is “far more suspicious than many of us imagine” and that there are theories that President Obama is actually “using those unfortunate people to unleash a rabies epidemic throughout the country.”

“It is no secret that politicians aren’t afraid of using despicable and disgusting tactics and strategies to accomplish their goals,”
Carson said, “and unfortunately for us, that also includes some plans that seek to bring harm and danger to America. What I’m talking about is the fact that President Obama’s intentions are clearly to bring thousands of refugees into the U.S., many of which are, in fact,
carrying rabies. Whether his plan is to further destabilize the Christian community in America or to simply wreak havoc in the wake of the upcoming presidential elections next year, I cannot say, but he is up to no good, that much is evident.”

The retired neurosurgeon also opined: “He knows that the single greatest strength of this country lies in its Christian core, in hard-working Americans who believe in God and who draw their strength from Him. I believe that is why he has put so much effort during his presidency to weaken American Christians and bring the entire God-loving community to its knees. Examples of that include the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage and several other decisions that supported the LGBT community while simultaneously diminishing the importance and significance of Christians. I fear that the refugees and their rabies are just another attempt to strike Americans where they’re the strongest.”

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