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A Tale of Two Men and…Humility: The National Prayer Breakfast 2013

8 February 2013

8 February 2013 Anno Domini
Posted by Sofia Guerra

Every year I look forward to the National Prayer Breakfast ever since Blessed Teresa of Calcutta “skooled” the Clintons and their minions on the Culture of Life. I thought that nothing could ever top the joy I felt that day watching it live on C-Span.

I was wrong.

Yesterday I watched it again and I was “skooled”. We were right to be proud to elect an African-American to the highest office in a land where once they were considered equal to a plowhorse. How I was “skooled” was this; the problem is that we elected the WRONG man. We elected a man who embraces Marxism and Chicago style politics. We elected a man who worships at the altar of Planned Parenthood. we elected a man who so eloquently said that he supports Planned Parenthood and the right to kill your own child because he did not “want his daughters to be PUNISHED with a baby”.

Yesterday, this man did his Presidential duty and went to the National Prayer Breakfast and of course, lectured on theology (any first year theological student would be aghast on this theological concept of what each Divine Person that the Trinity (unmentioned) does singularly for us…and if that was offensive enough to Christians who hold the Dogma of the Trinity as, well, an actual Dogma of the Faith, he decided to speak on the virtue of humility.

The funny thing is someone who belongs to the Narcissism Club wants to look down his nose at the rest of us to say that we must be humble. My question is, did he plan this speech based on him accessing the remarks of the main speaker or did he get “Carsoned”?

Benjamin Carson, M.D.

The main speaker yesterday was a brilliant pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson. Dr. Carson is a devout Christian and by the way, a clear-cut conservative by the pundits standards. I, myself just think him to be a man of God who is humble, grateful and full of common sense.

I found out about Dr. Carson the year his autobiography was published by way of a Christmas gift. A very good friend who happens to be African-American wanted me to understand that contrary to liberal thought, black people do NOT think as a monolith. He wanted me to realize that they have independent thought and some do not blindly follow the left. That year was 1991. I became a big fan of Dr. Carson and would encourage friends of mine who were social workers and professional mentors to have their clients and their children read his story.

After reading Dr. Carson’s latest books several months ago, I watched him speak about his view of America during several interviews. I was not surprised that he was someone the left would consider a conservative and I was pretty sure that his path would not cross with the man who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

I was wrong again.

Dr. Ben Carson receiving the Medal of Freedom in 2008

Somehow, some way, Dr. Carson was invited to be the main speaker at this year’s Prayer Breakfast. As of this writing I am still trying to find out who invited Dr. Carson. Now that would be an interesting aside.

The great thing about yesterday is that we got a new hip phrase to use on Marxists. The term as I wrote about previously in this post is “Carsoned”. I guess it would mean…when someone who thinks that he or she is the center of the universe that a soft-spoken humble man of God reminds you that you are not.

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Below is the video of Dr. Carson’s Prayer Breakfast speech. Please note the man two seats to his left is obviously not happy that this man was invited to speak. Oh well, I thought he believed in “fairness”. I guess not.

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Andrea Bocelli sings to two standing ovations at the National Prayer Breakfast

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Bio of Benjamin Solomon Carson, Sr., M.D.

Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., had a childhood dream of becoming a physician. Growing up in a single parent home and being challenged by dire poverty, poor grades, a horrible temper, and low self-esteem appeared to preclude the realization of that dream, until his mother, with only a third-grade education, challenged her sons to strive for excellence. Young Ben persevered, and today is a full professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he has directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for over a quarter of a century. He became the inaugural recipient of a professorship dedicated in his name in May, 2008 and is now the Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D. and Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N. Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery.
Some career highlights include the first and only successful separation of craniopagus (Siamese) twins joined at the back of the head in 1987, the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins in 1997 in South Africa, and the first successful placement of an intrauterine shunt for a hydrocephalic twin. Although he has been involved in many newsworthy operations, he feels that every case is noteworthy — deserving of maximum attention. He is interested in all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery, and has a special interest in trigeminal neuralgia (a severe facial pain condition) in adults.

Dr. Carson holds more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees and has received literally hundreds of awards and citations. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Science, the Horatio Alger Society of Distinguished Americans, and many other prestigious organizations. He sits on the board of directors of numerous organizations, including Kellogg Company, Costco Wholesale Corporation, the Academy of Achievement, and is an Emeritus Fellow of the Yale Corporation, the governing body of Yale University. He was appointed in 2004 by President George W. Bush to serve on the President’s Council on Bioethics. He is a highly regarded motivational speaker who has addressed various audiences from school systems and civic groups to corporations and the President’s National Prayer Breakfast.
In 2001, Dr. Carson was named by CNN and TIME Magazine as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists. That same year, he was selected by the Library of Congress as one of 89 “Living Legends” on the occasion of its 200th anniversary. He is also the recipient of the 2006 Spingarn Medal which is the highest honor bestowed by the NAACP. In February, 2008, Dr. Carson was presented with the Ford’s Theatre Lincoln Medal by President Bush at the White House. In June, 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the President, which is the highest civilian honor in the land. Dr. Carson was recognized in November, 2008 by U.S. News & World Report and Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership, as one of “America’s Best Leaders.” On February 7, 2009, the award-winning movie entitled “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,” starring Cuban Gooding, Jr. as Dr. Carson, premiered on TNT and is based on his memoir.

Dr. Carson is president and co-founder of the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments. The Fund is currently operating in 45 states and the District of Columbia, having awarded more than $ 4.5 million dollars to more than 4500 scholars. The program also establishes Carson Reading Rooms to encourage young students and their families to discover the pleasure to be found in books and to recognize the true power of learning. Dr. Carson is also the co-founder of Angels of the OR under the auspices of the Baltimore Community Foundation, which provides grant to assist neurosurgery patients with expenses not covered by insurance.
His four books, Gifted Hands, THINK BIG, The Big Picture and Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose and Live with Acceptable Risk (January, 2008), provide inspiration and insight for leading a successful life; a fifth book, “America The Beautiful”, will be released in 2012. Dr. Carson has been married for over 30 years to his wife, Candy, and is the father of three sons. And yes, his mother, Sonya Carson, who made all this possible, is alive and living in Maryland.

Publications by Dr. Carson

(2011) America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great, Zondervan Publishing.
(2009) Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, Zondervan Publishing.
(2009) Gifted Hands, Kids Edition: The Ben Carson Story (ZonderKidz Biography)
(2008) Take The Risk, Zondervan Publishing.
(2000) The Big Picture, Zondervan Publishing.
(1996) Think Big, Zondervan Publishing.
(1990) Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, Review & Herald Pub.

To donate to Dr. and Mrs. Carson’s Scholarship Fund for Young Scholars please click HERE


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