Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, considered by some to be a potential Republican contender for president, apologized to Johns Hopkins University for the "poorly chosen words" he used in expressing his opposition to gay marriage last month.“I am sorry for any embarrassment this has caused,” Carson said in the letter, reported in New York Magazine.(Snip) "Although I do believe marriage is between a man and a woman, there are much less offensive ways to make that point. I hope all will look at a lifetime of service over some poorly chosen words.” Carson will remain as commencement speaker at Johns Hopkins,
Please, Carson...you could have couched your views in *any* format or vocabulary - and the gays would *still* go into ´outrage mode!´ Its what they do...when they´re not advocating for higher HIV rates among adolescents.
And again...where are the gay *polygamists*? Not like they´re monogamous as a rule anyway...
Don´t remember the movie but John Wayne said "never apologize. It´s a sign of weakness". Good lord when will people wise up that "out of the mouth the heart speaks". A rabid dog is not a "salivating canine".
Dear Doctor Carson, Called strike one on you. Don´t strike out. The left is pitching you curves and screwballs as you stand at the plate with your Truth bat on your shoulder. They plan on striking you out by all this foolish apologizing. You gotta swing that bat. Swing your Truth bat and hit a homer, or at least startle them with a slick bunt and get on first base. Then you can really rattle the leftist´s pitcher, because he won´t know what you´ll do next. Love, Us
"If you say that marriage is a fundamental right, what State restrictions could ever exist? Meaning, what State restrictions with respect to the number of people, with respect to -- that could get married -- the incest laws, the mother and the child, assuming they are of age -- I can -- I can accept that the State has probably an overbearing interest on -- on protecting the a child until they´re of age to marry, but what´s left?"
- Supreme Court Justice Sonia "The Wise Latina" Sotomayor
I hold Doctor Carson in high regard. Although I am sorry he issued an apology. He was making a point and a good one. If the definition of marriage is changed to include same sex couples there is no way to exclude other groups who will demand the same ´right´ .
Apparently the apology was the price Dr. Carson had to pay to be able to remain as commencement speaker at Johns Hopkins, which is quite an honor for him to be.
The students with the petition to remove him as speaker were not going away until he made nice in a public way.
Those who naively believe that this guy can run directly for the presidency with no political experience prior to such a run will learn sooner or later the realities.
Remember the Flavor of the Month starting in Summer 2011 in the GOP? Bachmann made a splash in Iowa. Cain won a straw poll in Florida or somewhere. People came and went on a regular basis but none of them lasted. Why doncha axe President Rick Perry how all of that is workin´ out for him? And he´s been Guber of a huge state for more than a decade, and never lost a race in Tejas... Yawn....
Try being more realistic than the very liberoid fools we all criticize. It might behoove the GOP cause. Falling for the lasest flash in the pan is pretty silly. Dr. Carson seems nice, but other medical doctors have done far better in politics... Howard Dean and Bill Frist, for example. Axe ´em how they´ve enjoyed bein´ prez. How´s that White Hut workin´ out for ya?
To all the crowd on the right who still have visions of a black face conservative messiah then good luck with this latest. I still think Colin Powell, Condelezza Rice and any other what you may call a Republican they will dissappoint you. I´m not into further ´black experiments´ or support Mr. Carson he just proved how ´flexible´ he is. Forget all the president talk and think more of a Ted Cruz take no prisoner type of person. Dr. Carson blew his good points with the apology.
The argument that Dr. Carson was trying to make was that it is a mistake to base the marriage law on sexual identity rather than gender. Sexual identity is a complex mental phenomenon that can be shaped and modified by experience, subjective preferences, and culture. Gender is a property of every human and is defined by objective genetic encoding for "male" and "female". Equating sexual identity and gender is like equating software and hardware, they are fundamentally different things. The governed can change the definition of marriage if they choose to equate software with hardware but as Dr. Carson tried to point out the possible variations are infinite and the law becomes meaningless.
He didn´t apologize for his views but for how he articulated them. I think he put being a Christian first and wanted to soften his words by apologizing for how, not what he said.
"A soft word turneth away wrath."
Every human being, even one as incredibly intelligent, creative, and accomplished as Carson, will make a mistake every 60 years or so. I agree with everything he said, and I don´t believe in apologizing to liberals either, but I stand with Dr. Carson.
I researched his background and watched the movie Gifted Hands. Very much recommend seeing it, and reading about his life story. Amazing man and very cultured.
The truth is, the leftist media, political powerhouse (right and left), and the Hollywood culture machine will attempt to destroy America´s heroes no matter how perfect they are. They did it to Palin and many others, and of course now Carson. We should stand up with our convictions and with people like Carson and Palin instead of with do-nothing, next-in-line politicians who nobody would ever have heard about without their family weath and connections.
I´ve seen liberals even call Mother Theresa evil. I mean, come on, trying to placate the liberals with McCain, Romney, Bushes and Roves means leaving your principles at the door, in my opinion.
#23 makes several reality points about the attempts to find a conservative black face messiah. Why is that so necessary? Is it the desire to atone for past prejudice or simply to counter the label racist. A man of any color should be honored for his particular gifts and success using them but that doesn´t automatically adorn him with the same ability in every endeavor. He now has shown he will back down to preserve his medical reputation and position thus he has proven he can´t become that counter savior anticipated. Don´t push him.
Is there no one who will stand up to these bullies ? Carson bites the dust! That didn´t take long. We will know who "The One" for 2016 is when we find who can stand their ground. Obviously it´s not Carson.
And so it begins. I´m trying to decide where conservatives need to put the most effort. Is it the education system, or is it in developing spines of steel? We keep getting beaten because we let the left define the narrative. We must stop letting ourselves (and that means our public officials) be held hostage by leftist bullies.
Dr Carson has been very clear from the beginning the he is an INDEPENDENT. He believes in common sense, if that agrees with conservative principles then fine. He has not claimed to be a conservative, GOP or Dem. Be thankful that God has sent such a wonderful person. To speak commonsense to those who will hear at this time. Stop putting everything into the political point of view. Dr Carson is a gift. He may be a short term gift or something else. Cannot we just appreciate someone for who they are and the gifts they offer?
Sorry, but if blacks are willing to ignore his accomplishments and leave him hanging out to dry because of his opinions, I´m not going to spend one second defending him. I may be harsh, but I´m tired, so I´m staying quiet. If Trayvon Martin is a hero, and Ben Carson is a villain, then that race is a lost cause.
# 37 And where has that gotten Allan West ? What´s he doing these days, since the voters rejected him ? Dr Carson is all over the place on gay marriage. He appears to be tailoring his remarks to the interviewer. When interviewed by the Daily Caller on March 19, " Ben Carson´s Most Surprising Policy Positions " Carson said this about gays. On the topic of gay marriage, Carson said he doesn’t believe “anyone from any group has the right to redefine a major pillar of society.” But, he added, “any two consenting adults have the right to formalize a relationship between them.” And then he came out for amnesty. On the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, Carson says he would ”of course allow [illegal immigrants] to have a pathway to citizenship. That’s the only humane and reasonable thing to do.” And he announced that he was anti war, he opposed both the invasion of Afghanistan after 9/11 and war in Iraq. Maybe Limbaugh and the others touting Carson should get to actually know Dr Carson´s positions before they elevate him to Ronald Reagan status.
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