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Ben Carson’s Syrian Refugee Plan: Money For Halloween Candy Can Support Them

I’ve said this before and apparently it’s necessary to keep repeating it: Ben Carson may be a brilliant man–a doctor, a neurosurgeon!–but when it comes to matters of domestic and foreign policy, he’s a certified idiot.

As evidence of my thesis, I present Dr. Carson’s appearance on “Face the Nation” and “This Week.” Carson, who has just finished visiting Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, remarked:

“They said the United States and other countries could be much more supportive of the Herculean efforts manifested by the Jordanians in taking in people at a lot of expense to themselves. They cannot continue that without help from the international community.”

And where might the money needed to assist the Jordanians and other nations that have accepted refugees? Carson has a brilliant plan for that:

“You know, you look at last month. We spent $3 billion on Halloween candy. That’s the amount of money needed to bridge the shortfall for a year that they’re having in Jordan with the refugees.”

So is he advocating that we just stop buying candy and instead donate money to the refugees? That’s fine if he is, but I want to hear him actually say the words and tell every kid in the United States that Halloween has been officially canceled.

Carson was reminded that the United States already provided $4 billion in humanitarian aid.

But one wonders if Dr. Carson’s mention of Halloween isn’t tied to the fact that he is a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church, which is not exactly fond of “pagan” holidays and celebrations. In publications, the church has written:

“The church’s opposition to the occult and the demonic preclude any support for this type of festival. Participation in Halloween customs may seem innocent fun for children and adults, but it is one more way Satan can use to deceive people into thinking there is no harm in playing a little bit with the world of spirits and demons.”

Now I admit that I’m not a big fan of Halloween, but I sure was when I was a child. How often do you get to go from door to door and beg for candy? It’s a dream come true for kids.

Yet now we hear Ben Carson telling us we have to take that candy money and spend it on the Syrian refugee crisis. That’s noble, no doubt about it. But it’s just about guaranteed to get him named as the Grinch Who Stole Halloween.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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