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Dr. Carson Cites Comments Sections in Noting Coarsening of American Culture

Asked about the propriety of Bill Clinton’s affairs factoring into Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, Dr. Ben Carson said these questions are appropriate, and then mourned the coarsening of American culture. “You go to the Internet, you start reading article, you go through the comments section, you can not go five comments down before people are calling each other all manner of names,” Carson said. ”Where did that spirit come from in America? It did not come from our Judeo-Christian roots, I can tell you that.”

Here’s his full comment:

Well there is no question that we should be able to look at any past president, whether they’re married to somebody who is running for president or not, in terms of their past behavior and what it means. But you know, here’s the real issue. Is this America anymore? Do we still have standards? Do we still have values and principles? You look at what is going on. You see all the divisiveness and hatred that goes on in our society. We have a war on virtually everything. Race wars, gender wars, income wars, religious wars, age wars. Every war you can imagine we have people at each other’s throats. And our strength is actually in our unity. You know, you go to the Internet, you start reading article, you go through the comment section, you can not go five comments down before people are calling each other all manner of names. Where did that spirit come from in America? It did not come from our Judeo-Christian roots, I can tell you that. And wherever it came from — [applause] — We need to start once again recognizing that there is such a thing as right and wrong. And let’s not let the secular progressives drive that out of us. The majority of people in America actually have values and principles and believe in very things that made America great. They’ve been beaten into submission. It’s time for us to stand up for what we believe in.

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