Ben Carson: Christians should vote based on biblical values because religious freedom is under attack

Christians have a responsibility to vote based on biblical values in the upcoming presidential elections because what is at stake is their religious freedom, according to former Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson.

Columnist, retired neurosurgeon and potential presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Maryland, March 8, 2014. | Reuters/Mike Theiler

In a Facebook video tackling the Election Day on Nov. 8, Carson warned that Christians are now facing an "all-out attack" on religious liberty. He pointed out that all over the world, governments are implementing laws that prevent believers from sharing the Gospel and living according to their faith, The Christian Post relays.

"We are facing what may be the most important election of our lifetime, if not ever," said Carson in the video. "... As Christians, the Bible calls us to be salt and light to influence our culture. That starts with the choices we make in the voting booth."

In addition, Carson said traditional America including its citizens' freedoms will vanish if Christians do not do something to address the problem.

This is not the first time that Carson has urged Christians to vote in the upcoming elections. In August, he advised Christians to pray that they may be able to analyze things during the elections using their God-given reasoning abilities.

Earlier this month, Southern Baptist entity head Russell Moore and other religious leaders issued a letter slamming the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights' (USCCR) report which said religious groups are using their freedom as a pretext for discrimination. The letter demanded that the government should not label anyone as bigoted just because of their religious beliefs, the Baptist Press reports.

According to the USCCR report, lawmakers and courts should "tailor religious exceptions to civil liberties and civil rights protections as narrowly as applicable law requires." If the U.S. government follows the findings and recommendations of the USCCR in its September report, religious freedom could reportedly be severely restricted for individuals, employers, institutions, and even churches.

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