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War on Faith: Why Are Atheist Groups Suing Ben Carson?

Dr. Ben Carson, the head of Housing and Urban Development, responded this week to two atheist groups who are suing him and HUD for participating in Bible study sessions.

In his response, Carson – known for his Seventh Day Adventist Christian faith – said that the groups were trying to “intimidate” him and other senior Trump administration officials for being forthright and open about their beliefs.

“First of all, taxpayer funds are not used to support the ministry, and secondly, no staff are involved in the Bible study,” Carson wrote on Facebook. “More importantly, I refuse to be intimidated by anti-religious groups into relinquishing my spirituality or religious beliefs. One of the principles of our nation‘s founding is freedom of religion.

“I will not stop being a Christian while in service to this country, in fact, it is my faith that helps me serve the nation even better,” he continued. “The relentless attacks on the spirituality of our nation must be resisted. We are not like everyone else, which is precisely the reason that we rose so rapidly from obscurity to become the most powerful and free nation in history.”

Carson made the public statement after two groups – the Freedom From Religion Foundation and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington – sued Carson and his department in court for their refusal to waive fees that go along with Freedom of Information Act requests. The groups had filed FOIA requests to see whether or not President Trump’s administration officials were using federal government resources to conduct weekly Bible study events. In requests, the groups also demanded to know whether or not any staffers had been “coerced into organizing or even participating in the religious event.”