Doctor Ben Carson of Johns Hopkins University has decided to withdrawal as commencement speaker for the School of Medicine after his comments comparing same-sex marriage to bestiality and pedophilia caused an uproar on campus. In an email to Dean Paul Rothman and the school, the neurosurgeon stated “Given all the national media surrounding my statements as to my belief in traditional marriage, I believe it would be in the best interest of the students for me to voluntarily withdraw as your commencement speaker this year.”
“Traditional marriage” is code on the right for marriage dating back to around 1982 when the US Supreme Court struck down the last of the laws which turned women into virtual slaves when they married their husbands. Prior to that, in some states, women’s property was no longer hers on marriage. In 1968, the US Supreme Court removed the ban on interracial marriage, thus redefining it again. In fact, “traditional marriage” is pretty much a phrase used to try and get around the idea that not long ago, a traditional marriage in the United States involved a man being able to beat his wife to death.
Carson stated on Fox News that “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 bestiality — it doesn’t matter what they are — they don’t get to change the definition.”
It should be noted that until Rome invaded ancient Israel, marriage was between one man and many women, and until Rome invaded and conquered Gaulish France and Celtic Spain, same-sex marriage was allowed there under Druidic law.
Carson finally apologized for his comments last week after issuing the standard non-apology apology. He said “As you know, I have been in the national news quite a bit recently and my 36-year association with Johns Hopkins has unfortunately dragged our institution into the spotlight as well. I am sorry for any embarrassment this has caused.”
Still, Carson’s comments caused a firestorm with students circulating a petition calling for him to be removed as speaker. Furthermore, Carson attempted to claim that Liberals were racist for speaking out against his homophobic comments.
Carson has been seen as the GOP’s best chance to reach minority voters in the upcoming elections. He recently hosted a panel at CPAC about getting past playing the race card only to fall into using it to attack Liberals. In fact, his behavior may have damaged any hope he has of breaking through to the majority of Americans.
His views regarding same-sex marriage are now inconsistent with not only the majority of Americans, but even a growing number within the Black Community.