UPDATE: It appears that Ben Carson will NOT speak at Johns Hopkins commencement. Please see link at the bottom of the article! Petitions Work! Boycotts work!
Dr. Ben Carson is the TEApublicans’ answer to President Obama. He’s the guy they want to point to and say, “See, we have a well-spoken black guy too and we’re not racists!” Mutterings of Carson running for President in 2016 are all over the conservative nut-ball internet world. They really think this self-loathing, Ayn Randian lunatic can win because black people are too stupid to do anything except vote for the black guy.
Carson is off to a great start already making epic gaffes, typical of Tea Party politics. Carson’s latest gaffe comes to us from his appearance on the Sean Hannity Show .
Hannity asks Carson, “All right, last question, we have the issue of the Supreme Court dealing with two issues involving gay marriage. I’ve asked you a lot of questions. I’ve never asked you that, what are your thoughts?”
Dr. Ben Carson answered,
“Well, my thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in b*stiality. It doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition. So he, it’s not something that is against gays, it’s against anybody who wants to come along and change the fundamental definitions of pillars of society. It has significant ramifications.”
Even the degenerate liar Sean Hannity must know that Carson just screwed up royally and tries to rescue Carson, saying, “And you know, it’s interesting, Justice Sotomayor brought up the issue of polygamy and incest. Where does the definition stop and I guess, we’ll be debating it for weeks and months to come.
Pathetic. But Carson was serious. In his book “America The Beautiful” Carson states,
“I have no problem whatsoever, with allowing gay people to live as they please, as long as they don’t try to impose their lifestyle on everyone else. Marriage is a very sacred institution and should not be degraded by allowing every other type of relationship to be made equivalent to it.”
Here’s the video from Hannity:
Well as expected, Carson’s comparing of marriage equality to b*sti*lity and NAMBLA caused quite a stir so he took to the MSM networks to “apologize.”
Appearing on MSNBC, Carson suggested he didn’t really mean what he said, and explained, ““If anybody was offended, I apologize to you. But what I was basically saying is that there is no group. I wasn’t equating those things, I don’t think they’re equal.”
IF? If anyone was offended? You’re kidding, right? Carson’s comments were so offensive, a petition was started by the Health and Human Rights Student Group to replace Carson as Johns Hopkins Commencement speaker.
The letter states,
“We are writing to express concern about the selection of Dr. Ben Carson as the commencement speaker for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Class of 2013.
At the time of his nomination, Dr. Carson was known to most of us as a world-class neurosurgeon and passionate advocate for education. Many of us had read his books and looked up to him as a role model in our careers.
Since then, however, several public events have cast serious doubt on the appropriateness of having Dr. Carson speak at our graduation.
On March 26, on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program, Dr. Carson compared gay relationships with pedophilia and b*stia*ity: “Well, my thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in b*sti*lity. It doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition. “
On February 7, Dr. Carson used the National Prayer Breakfast speech— which, like our commencement ceremony, is an historically nonpartisan event — to deride Obamacare, advocate lower taxes for the wealthy, and suggest that Christianity requires supporting Republican policies.
Dr. Carson has also used his platform as a famous neurosurgeon to promote the rejection of evolution: “Ultimately, if you accept the evolutionary theory,” he said, in a statement that would apply to the majority of students and faculty at Johns Hopkins, “you dismiss ethics, you don’t have to abide by a set of moral codes, you determine your own conscience based on your own desires.” This belief of Dr. Carson’s was unknown to many of us at the time of his nomination.
We retain the highest respect for Dr. Carson’s achievements and value his right to publicly voice political views. Nevertheless, we feel that these expressed values are incongruous with the values of Johns Hopkins and deeply offensive to a large proportion our student body.
As a result, we believe he is an inappropriate choice of speaker at a ceremony intended to celebrate the achievements of our class. We hope the administration of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine will select an alternative speaker that better represents the values of our student body and of our great University.
If you support the selection of another speaker, please sign this petition.”
Here’s the video of Carson’s appearance with Andrea Mitchell: