Patrick Goodenough reports at CNSNews.com:
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson won an enthusiastic response from an audience at the Iowa State Fair Sunday as he called for Americans to unify to confront problems facing the nation -- and made a fervent case for talking about God.
"We have to stop listening to these people who tell us that we cannot talk about God, we cannot talk about our faith," the retired neurosurgeon said.
"I wonder, do they realize that our founding document, our Declaration of Independence, talks about certain inalienable rights given to us by our Creator -- aka God?” he asked.
"Carson went on to note the key references to God in the pledge of allegiance, on the walls of U.S. courtrooms, and on coins and banknotes," CNSNews reports.
“So, if it's in our founding documents, it's in our pledge, it's in our courts and it's on our money, but we're not supposed to talk about it, what in the world is that?” Carson is quoted as saying. "In medicine we call it schizophrenia, a form of craziness."
According to CNSNews, the GOP 2016 presidential hopeful also said "it was time for Americans 'to realize that there's nothing wrong with living by godly principles -- of loving your fellow man, caring about your neighbor, developing your God-given talents to the utmost so that you become valuable to the people around you, having values and principles that govern your life."
“And if we do that,” Carson said, "not only will we remain a pinnacle nation, but we will truly have one nation, under God."
"Carson in his remarks underscored the fact that he is 'not a politician'," CNSNews reports. As such, Carson said that unlike others aiming for the nation's highest elective office, he is not trying to "get re-elected; I want to save our nation."