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Candy Crowley asks panel: Was Dr. Carson's prayer breakfast speech offensive?

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By Doug Powers  •  February 11, 2013 01:19 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

By now you may have already listened to the speech that Baltimore neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson delivered at the National Prayer Breakfast last week. In the address, Dr. Carson, with President Obama seated five feet to his right, challenged the ideas of government-run health care, class warfare and progressive taxation.

CNN’s Candy Crowley, who in the final presidential debate last year carried so much water that she’d be an able replacement for Bobby Boucher Jr., asked her guests if Dr. Carson’s speech was appropriate.

Transcript from Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters (video at the link):

CANDY CROWLEY, HOST: This was in Dr. Ben Carson. He is a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon out of Johns Hopkins. He was at the prayer breakfast and he was talking about the idea of, you know, weaving the Bible into some objections he appears to have with the President’s approach. Take a listen.

DR. BEN CARSON: When I pick up my Bible, you know what I see? I see the fairest individual in the universe, God, and he’s given us a system. It’s called tithe. Now we don’t necessarily have to do a ten percent, but this principal. He didn’t say, “If your crops fail, don’t give me any tithes.” He didn’t say, “If you have a bumper crop, give me triple tithes.” So there must be something inherently fair about proportionality.

CROWLEY: Whoa! So, this was really interesting number one for the venue, number two for the person doing this. Not a, I mean, he may be a political person, but it’s the first time I’ve seen him on the national stage. What did you think of that?

KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON, FORMER SENATOR (R-TEXAS): Well, it reminded me of the prayer breakfast I went to when Mother Teresa was talking, and Bill and Hillary Clinton were sitting there, and she was talking about how bad abortion is. And it was so uncomfortable in the room watching that. And I’m told that the prayer breakfast with this gentleman was the same. But I think his, his other point, his main point was political correctness has just gone beyond bizarre, and we’ve got to come down to reality here, and people have got to be able to kind of relax and talk about how they want to talk, and, you know, I just thought it was a great message.

CROWLEY: Do you find anything offensive with, certainly it’s America, he’s entitled to his opinion. A lot of the talk was about was this the right place to do it? And there was lots of applause from Republicans who said, “Finally somebody stood up and said it.”

“You can’t invoke God in here, this is a prayer breakfast!

Doug Ross observes: “That’s strange: CNN never seemed to ask these questions when a man named George W. Bush was president.”

**Written by Doug Powers

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