During the speech, with Obama seated directly to his right, Carson quoted several scriptures from the book of Proverbs, following up with comments about political correctness and “moral decay and fiscal irresponsibility” that were widely interpreted as targeting the Obama administration. The speech has turned Carson into a “tea party” hero and has fueled talk of a possible run for public office.
But, according to Carson, the comments also earned him an audit from the IRS, the first he had ever encountered. While the tax bureaucrats passed the retired Johns Hopkins University professor and surgeon with flying colors, Carson said the visit made him suspicious in light of other conservative and Christian groups who have been targeted by the IRS. “I guess it could be a coincidence,” Carson told the Washington Times, “but I never had been audited before and never really had any encounters with the IRS. But it certainly would make one suspicious because we know now the IRS has been used for political purposes and therefore actions like this come under suspicion.”
As reported by The New American, several conservative Christian groups which had challenged Obama administration policies were targeted by the IRS over their tax-exempt status. Among the groups was the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which took out ads before the 2012 presidential election encouraging Americans to vote according to biblical, pro-family values. Additionally, the 180-year old Baptist newspaper the Biblical Recorder was targeted following a now-famous interview it ran with with Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy in which Cathy boldly spoke out in favor of traditional marriage and families. In a related story, on October 2 the National Organization for Marriage announced that it is suing the IRS over evidence that it had leaked the group’s donor list to pro-homosexual groups in 2012.
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Photo of Ben Carson signing book for Maryland delegate William Frank: AP Images