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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Dr. Ben Carson is being sworn in as secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the most drawn-out presidential cabinet confirmation hearings in U.S. history.
He finally obtained a senate confirmation vote by a 58–41 vote on March 2. Carson noted at his January 12 confirmation hearing with the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, "I see each individual as human capital that can be developed to become part of the engine that drives our nation — or if not developed becomes part of the load."
He has been an outspoken critic of gender ideology politics, commenting in 2013, "Marriage is between a man and a woman, it's a well-established fundamental pillar of society." He went on to say, "And no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality — it doesn't matter what they are. They don't get to change the definition."
He's also a fervent pro-life advocate, commenting, "My position is that abortion should not be done. I believe that it's murder, and I don't think that's hateful speech. That's just telling the truth. Including in cases of rape and incest."
He is, however, a world-renowned pediatric brain surgeon with numerous awards for his work, over 60 honorary degrees and a film about his expertise, Gifted Hands, which documents the cliff-hanging story of a 20-hour surgery he performed on conjoined twins in 1998.
Carson ran against President Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. He dropped out, however, and endorsed Trump. Carson was later named vice chairman of Trump's transition team after he won the election.
Carson initially refused a cabinet position. His friend, Armstrong Williams, commented, "Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he has never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency."
In December, Trump announced Carson's nomination: "I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development." He continued, "Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities."
During the swearing-in ceremony at the White House on March 2, Carson mentioned he had seen many of his previous patients while campaigning for president and asserted, "But right now our country is the patient, and it's not a Democrat or a Republican patient... it's an American patient and we have a duty to use the gifts that God has given all of us in order to heal that patient." He continued, "I think we have the ability to do that and I look forward to working with everyone to get that done."