GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson says its possible the world is headed toward the end times prophesied in the Bible, but added that as president he would take action to “ameliorate” it.
Appearing Sunday on “Full Measure,” Carson, a Seventh-day Adventist, was asked by host Sharyl Attkisson about his views on the biblical prophesies of the end times compared with current world events.
“Do you think we’re at the End of Days?” she asked.
“You could guess that we are getting closer to that,” Carson responded.
But he contrasted his own end-time views with those of some Islamic extremists in the Middle East who believe they must take actions to set up a caliphate in order to usher in the prophesies of the Quran.
“You do have people who have a belief system that sees this apocalyptic phenomenon occurring, and that they’re a part of it, and who would not hesitate to use nuclear weapons if they gain … them,” he said.
Attkisson asked if a “change of course” could avert “something that’s prophesied.”
“I think we have a chance to certainly do everything that we can to ameliorate the situation.” Carson said. “I would always be shooting for peace. You know, I wouldn’t just take a fatalistic view of things.”
Carson came under fire for saying on “Meet the Press” September 20 that he doesn’t think a Muslim should be president. He has since said he meant that any Muslim president would have to put the Constitution over Muslim teachings, as would any Christian president and that Sharia is incompatible with that position.
In discussing the president, Carson noted that “Obama serves the interest of the progressive movement,” stating his belief that those are not policies the American people want. Carson declared that President Obama has been successful at foisting progressivism on the country.
He reiterated his position that elements of Islam such as Sharia Law are incompatible with the American Constitution because it “subjugates women in a pretty substantial way” and punishes by death acts of “adultery and homosexuality.”
Attkisson asked Carson about the fact that more Muslim refugees in Syria have been granted Visas compared to Christians in Syria. Catholic News Agency reported that over 900 Muslims from Syria have been granted asylum compared to about 20 Christians, she said.
“I don’t think our policies make a whole lot of sense,” declared Carson. “Why would you bring them into a country that they are dedicated to destroy?”
The United States could use some of its expertise and financial resources to help solve the problem and settle them within their own region, he added.
On the issue of separation of church and state, Carson said “there should be a line drawn” while also noting “there shouldn’t be a Constitutional reason why a person can’t live a public life of faith.”
When asked about firearms, Carson said he has been awarded several awards for his marksmen skills, is a member of the NRA, and owner of “mostly shotguns.”
When asked by Attkisson about the strengths and weaknesses of the major Democrat candidates for the presidency, he called former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton somebody who has “tenacity,” but added her weakness was “dishonesty, lack of integrity.”
He said Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders weakness was “socialist” policies and his strength was “being a populist.” Vice President Joe Biden, who has not declared his candidacy, is somebody who is known for being amicable, Carson added, but he has wholeheartedly embraced “Obama’s policies.”
Carson continued to criticize the politically correct culture and people who are easily offended by displays, such as a Christmas creche in the public square.