Ben Carson: Islamic State’s 'Convert-or-Die Doctrine' Mirrored by PC Police in America

Michael W. Chapman | September 9, 2014 | 2:01pm EDT
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Dr. Ben Carson, author of "One Nation: What We Can Do to Save America's Future."

( – Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and the author of six best-selling books, said the Islamic State wants to destroy Western civilization and establish a caliphate and that its “convert-or-die doctrine” mirrors some of the ideas pushed by the “political-correctness police” in America.

“Our enemies’ desire to establish a caliphate is no joke,” said Dr. Carson in a Sept. 6 commentary. “Their convert-or-die doctrine parallels some of the social philosophies enforced by the political-correctness police in this country.”

“Either you accept their interpretation of what is moral and correct, or the name-calling starts, and they attempt to destroy your business or reputation,” he said. “We despise the Islamic State, but do not see the same ugliness in our own tactics. The truth hurts, and it is much easier to ignore it or try to demonize its bearer.”

“Unless integrity, courage, and common sense result in the ability to honestly examine our own hypocrisy, we will lose the war of ideas and identity, and the land of the free will become a distant memory,” said Dr. Carson.

In his remarks, Dr. Carson said the Islamic State and other supporters of Shariah law want all “infidels” to either convert or be eliminated, and there really is no way to negotiate with someone who wants you dead.

“Maybe if you meet some of their demands, they will only dismember you or kill you more slowly,” he said.

American journalist James Foley, a Christian, just before he was beheaded by an ISIS jihadist. His execution was videotaped and posted on the Internet. (Photo: YouTube.)

To combat these Islamist radicals, we need an “overall strategy” with the goal of annihilating the terrorists completely, he said, and which includes “airtight borders to prevent easy access for terrorists.”

Some will say that’s too difficult, said Dr. Carson, but it is easier than trying to “rebuild a nation that has been destroyed because we thought logical defense was too hard.”

“[Y]ou cannot win a politically correct war,” he said.

Dr. Carson’s latest book, One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future, is a New York Times best seller.    His 2012 book, America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great, and four other title were also best sellers.

Carson is the former director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and a former professor of neurosurgery, plastic surgery, oncology, and pediatrics. He and his wife, Candy, established the Carson Scholars Fund to provide scholarships for hard-working students, and the program has aided more than 5,000 scholars in all 50 states.

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