Ben Carson is a retired neurosurgeon seeking the Republican nomination for president. He is currently second in the polls, behind Donald Trump.
This week a video emerged of him addressing fellow Seventh-Day Adventists at a convention in 2012, during which he dismissed the big bang theory as “fairy tales” postulated by “highfalutin scientists”:
They’re saying it was this gigantic explosion and everything came into perfect order. Now these are the same scientists that go around touting the second law of thermodynamics, which is entropy, which says that things move toward a state of disorganisation.
So now you’re gonna have this big explosion and everything becomes perfectly organised and when you ask them about it they say, ‘Well we can explain this, based on probability theory because if there’s enough big explosions, over a long period of time, billions and billions of years, one of them will be the perfect explosion. So I say what you’re telling me is if I blow a hurricane through a junkyard enough times over billions and billions of years, eventually after one of those hurricanes there will be a 747 fully loaded and ready to fly.
In the same speech he also seemed to suggest Charles Darwin was possessed by Satan when he came up with the theory of evolution:
I personally believe that this theory that Darwin came up with was something that was encouraged by the adversary, and it has become what is scientifically, politically correct.
I’m not gonna denigrate you because of your faith and you shouldn’t denigrate me for mine. And that’s the kind of attitude, you know - that’s the kind of attitude that I think is very important in the society in which we live today.
Meanwhile, in the days since he said a Muslim should not be president, drawing widespread condemnation, Carson says he has raised $1million in donations.
Maybe that other guy doesn’t appear so bad after all...