Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is not going to let the Freedom From Religion Foundation intimidate him, according to BizPacReview.
The atheist group that works to remove expressions of religion from the public square has been causing trouble for the HUD Secretary over bible studies he holds alongside CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and other members of the Trump administration.
Freedom From Religion Foundation, alongside liberal group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, filed a FOIA request to determine whether federal resources were used in Bible studies and if other administration staff had been “pressured” into participating.
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Every FOIA request comes with a standard fee when the requested information is unrelated to the relevant agency’s operations or is not in the public interest.
After HUD charged FFRF and CREW for their FOIA requests, the groups sued the agency and Carson for not reimbursing them.
The lawsuit alleged HUD’s refusal to cover the cost of the FOIA request was because the information would portray Carson in a negative light.
The HUD Secretary fired back, declaring:
“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.”
“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 dismissed the accusations against him.
“They are fearful that a hot beverage or a bagel may be consumed at the expense of taxpayers or that staff may be coerced to participate in religious activities against their will. First of all, taxpayer funds are not used to support the ministry, and secondly, no staff are involved in the Bible study.”
“We sometimes smugly say that we won the cold war with the Soviet Union, but it was Joseph Stalin, the Russian tyrant who said the United States could be destroyed from within by eroding three things: our patriotism, our morality, and our spirituality. These things are currently under severe attack. We the People must decide who we are and what we stand for. If we don’t, the ending of the Cold War might change dramatically.”
— Ben & Candy Carson (@RealBenCarson) January 26, 2018
That "someone" is us. 😉 https://t.co/hmZPK7kWxP
— FFRF (@FFRF) January 22, 2018
When @CBNNews broke the news members of @realDonaldTrump's cabinet are gathering weekly to study the #Bible & #pray Christians celebrated. Now @FFRF atheists are suing @HUDgov over inquiries related to the study that's led by the founder of @capmin https://t.co/2pQx104UCr
— Jennifer Wishon (@JenniferWishon) January 23, 2018