Ben Carson recently responded to a question about climate change with a long diatribe about the planet, science and evolution. “You don’t believe in evolution or climate change, I believe,” the Republican presidential candidate was asked at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. “And I was just wondering, do you seriously not believe that climate change is happening?”
“Is there climate change? Of course there’s climate change,” Carson replied. “Any point in time, temperatures are going up or temperatures are going down. Of course that’s happening. When that stops happening, that’s when we’re in big trouble.” The crowd responded with loud applause – though not as loud as when he insisted moments later that although we should “take care of the environment,” “there is no reason to make it into a political issue.”
“Never mind what scientists are saying nowadays,” Carson added. “Science might appear to be a matter of precision and definitiveness, but it changes constantly, as does our knowledge of the world that surrounds us. That’s why it’s much more satisfying to simply have faith and believe in God’s solutions to earthly problems.
He also went on to state an example of his theory: “For instance, the Bible is a great source of information, but what people don’t realize is that it can also serve as inspiration when it comes to solving problems. You see, God’s solution for the problem of rising sea levels was Noah’s Ark, and not some flimsy scientific climate change theory. I mean, the guy was practical and thanks to his way of thinking, we today exist as a race.”
“And evolutionary theories are just another example of how we humans have a tendency to glorify ourselves needlessly, and that’s another aspect of our existence which God has once again superbly made simple – we were made in His image, we didn’t evolve from apes. If we had, we’d all be climbing trees and having intercourse right smack in the middle of the street 24/7. I’d like to believe God made us to be a bit more dignified than that,” Carson concluded.