Dr. Carson heals himself
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
April 08, 2013 11:39 AM | 2299 views | 6 6 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Dr. Ben Carson became an instant conservative star after he insulted the president of the United States at the National Prayer Breakfast.

Carson’s speech there was otherwise un-noteworthy except to the likes of Sean Hannity, who christened the African-American neurosurgeon a presidential contender on the strength of his churlish performance.

Hannity subsequently interviewed Carson and asked the doctor’s views on same-sex marriage.

“Marriage is between a man and a woman,” replied the doctor. Fair enough; that’s an opinion held by many. But Carson continued.

Gays and lesbians, he said, along with criminal pedophiles and degenerates who practice bestiality, cannot be permitted to change the “definition of marriage.”

Same-sex adult couples who love one another and wish to wed so they can enjoy the legal rights of marriage are the same sort as those who molest children or have sex with sheep, in Carson’s view.

Coming from someone with his intellect and academic credentials, Carson’s words were not only shocking, they revealed his abject bigotry.

The comments set off a fire storm at Johns Hopkins University, where Carson teaches at the institution’s prestigious medical school. In response, he appeared on MSNBC to offer an apology - sort of. 

“…as a Christian…I have a duty to love all people and that includes people who have other sexual orientations…if anybody was offended, I apologize…My point was that once we start changing definitions, where do we stop?”

Well, Dr. Carson should have stopped right there, but on a radio show just a few days later, he tore into his critics.

“(They) take my words…and try to make it seem that I’m a bigot,” Carson declared. “They're the most racist people there are…‘you have to think this way, how could you dare come off the plantation?’"

If patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, then the last refuge for a bigot like Dr. Carson is the metaphorical “plantation,” in which he casts himself as a slave, whipped by the awful lash of progressivism.

And, you know what they grow on that progressive plantation, Dr. Carson? The kind of freedom that got you through the front door of Johns Hopkins, that’s what.

Late last week, Carson had another change of heart. In an e-mail to "the Hopkins Community" he said, “I am sorry for any embarrassment this has caused. But what really saddens me is that my poorly chosen words caused pain for some members of our community and for that I offer a most sincere and heartfelt apology…”

Dr. Carson’s mea culpa appears to be motivated less by genuine remorse and more by the e-mail that preceded his own, one sent to faculty and students by Dr. Paul B. Rothman, CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, Carson’s boss:

“…we recognize that tension now exists in our community because hurtful, offensive language was used by (Dr. Carson)...

“Johns Hopkins Medicine embraces diversity and believes that the same civil rights should be available to all regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

“…It is clear that the fundamental principle of freedom of expression has been placed in conflict with our core values of diversity, inclusion and respect.”

Dr. Carson is free to speak his mind. He’s not muzzled by political correctness, as he alleged at the prayer breakfast, no matter how offensive or intolerant his words. But when such words revile many listeners the way his did, there are consequences.

In Carson’s case, it appears he has been uninvited to speak at the Johns Hopkins commencement ceremony as he was scheduled to do in honor of his retirement from the university.

It’s a sad coda to a stellar medical career. And his political future, if he ever actually had one, is D.O.A.

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Kevin Foley
April 10, 2013
@ Lib - Bigots come in all colors, sizes and shapes.

BTW, Star Parker says the Congressional Black Caucus are today's "overseers," invoking that terrible progressive plantation. Such phonies - see my column a couple of months ago about "Anita" Moncrief.
Lib in Cobb
April 10, 2013
Dr. Carson's attitude and core values involving human rights for all, indicates that no matter how educated or how intelligent one may be, there is always room for ignorance. Carson is indeed entitled to his opinion, that does not make him correct.
Kevin Foley
April 09, 2013
@ Papermill gal (whoever you are) - I have never read Saul Alinsky, so you have the better of me.

And it sounds like you haven't watched the Carson speech beginning to end. So why don't you do that, become better informed, stop being a low information voter and then check back in here and tell be Carson didn't make an ass of himself at the breakfast and on Hannity's show.
Kevin Foley
April 09, 2013
@ former journalist - Why don't you offer us your by-line if you're going to offer us your two cents? Have the courage to take responsibility for what you write. That's what real journalists do.

If you ever were a journalist, then you know there's two sides to every story. That's why the editors invited me to be the alternative progressive voice here.

As for the "politics of personal destruction," I hope you feel the same outrage when you read Coulter, Buchanan, Thomas, and all the rest of the far right columnists who rip progressives every day in the MDJ.

former journalist
April 09, 2013
Pete Borden, Mr. Ivutin, Michelle Bachman, Dr. Carson....

Just look at the politics of personal destruction at work under this so called journalist's name.

Can you not find one or two original ideas and string them together for us here, sir? Week after week, this column debases this newspaper and I believe had Otis Brumby been around to see the downward spiral of this particular space he would be changing it. Just awful.
Papermill gal
April 09, 2013
Kevin, your latest barf well utilizes Saul Alinsky's RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

Dr. Carson spoke at the prayer breakfast about FREEDOM and personal initiative. You insinuate that he insulted the president...that's only because the president stands against both of those ideals, therefore it's in your OWN liberal mind that the president was insulted. He spoke to everyone and the pres just happened to be there. Then again, maybe he WAS speaking truth to power that day. And when he did so quite eloquently, the liberal machine spun into super-powered overdrive. Wouldn't want a conservative minded black man EVER to show other blacks the way to freedom and prosperity, would we? And THAT attitude, of the left, is the most bigoted, horrible, racist attitude on display here. It's the soft bigotry of low expectations and it has become visible almost ever time you open your computer.
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