Dr. Ben Carson: 'We're Not Like Everyone Else - This is an Exceptional Nation

Carsonnrb`Former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital Dr. Ben Carson joined #1 New York Times Best-Selling author and Breakpoint radio host Eric Metaxas for "A Conversation with Eric Metaxas and Ben Carson: Life, God, and Other Small Topics," a forum hosted by the Colson Center and Hashtag Productions on Monday, February 24 at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

For more than a quarter of a century, Dr. Carson has directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Today, 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. In June 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the President, which is the highest civilian honor in the land. 

The Detroit, Michigan native brought a message of unity to the largest gathering of Christian communicators in the world. He maintained that citizens need to proudly stand on the Judeo-Christian values rooted in the nation's history.

"Those are things we don't want to get rid of for the sake of political correctness or for the sake of being like everyone else," Carson said. "We're not like everyone else. This is an exceptional nation. The world changed dramatically after the advent of the United States of America."

Carson, who holds more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees, said too many conservatives are unnecessarily finding faults in their collegues when the Republican Party needs to be focused on uniting on common core beliefs.

"There is no question that conservatives need to understand the power of unity," Carson said. "Right now we have a ship that is about to sale off the Niagara Falls and everyone is going to be killed. We have people looking over the bannister saying, 'but we have a barnacle on the side. Forget about the barnacle. Let's get the ship turned around. Then we can talk about the barnicles after that. We need to look at the big major issues and stop allowing ourselves to be divided up over the little issues, about which there will always be differences of opinion. We can never unit on all of those things, nor do we need to. I always say, if two people agree on everything, one of them isn't necessary."


The emcee for the forum was The Colson Center's John Stonestreet, host of the national radio program BreakPoint and The Point Radio.