SILVER SPRING, Md. — As Seventh-day Adventist retired pediatric neurosurgeon and 2016 US presidential contender, Ben Carson surges ahead in the Republican primary rankings, a wave of panic has swept the offices of the headquarters of the Adventist Church. Leaders that were mildly amused about an Adventist candidate for president when Carson was considered a long shot are now uniting in a hunger fast aimed at ending Carson’s run.
Carson has made headlines every week for months due to his rise in Republican polls and from a string of polarising political comments. The Adventist candidate recently said he doesn’t think a Muslim should be the president of the United States and has in the last few days called for kindergarten teachers to carry guns.
“We hope Dr.Carson will come to his senses soon and drop out of the race,” said GC Fast Coordinator, Pohr Phavor. “This has gone far enough and nobody at the GC director level or above is touching another morsel of FriChik or veggie lasagna until he quits.”
Many Adventist leaders participating in the hunger fast say that despite the physical discomfort of a formal fast, little about their eating patters has changed. I was having trouble eating anyway from living in fear of what Dr. Carson would say next,” said a GC vice president who wished to remain anonymous.
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