Ben Carson is going after “secular progressives” in response to mocking by Donald Trump and others of his theory that the ancient Egyptian pyramids were meant to store grain instead of serve as tombs for the pharaohs.
“Some people believe in the Bible, like I do, and don’t find that to be silly at all,” the Republican presidential candidate told reporters in Miami on Thursday, according to a report by Talking Points Memo.
“The secular progressives try to ridicule it anytime it comes up, and they’re welcome to do that,” Carson added about his remarks in a video highlighted by a Buzzfeed.
Trump, who is competing with Carson for the lead in the GOP presidential race, poked fun at the retired neurosurgeon’s theory about the pyramids earlier on Thursday, saying, “that was a strange deal.”
Carson told CBS on Wednesday that he still believed that the Bible’s Joseph built the pyramids to store grain, noting they had “hermetically sealed compartments.”
The network noted the candidate had in mind the biblical reference to the seven years of plenty in Egypt, when Joseph stored grain to feed people during seven years of famine.
I don’t know why the pyramids were built, but I think there is a building consensus that they definitely were not tombs. Still a big mystery.
He is, of course, correct. The first STEP pyramid was built by Joseph over a grain silo.
Over a period of 2000 years until Moses the rest of the pyramids were built. Carson never claimed they were built for grain storage, only the first one.