Ben Carson Hearts Kirk Cameron

Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon from Johns Hopkins turned right-wing hero, has a foundation called the Carson Scholars Fund that gives out scholarships and awards to students and public figures. One of this year’s honorees — I shit you not — was Kirk Cameron.

With former newscaster Sam Donaldson serving as Master of Ceremonies, the Carson Scholars Fund recognized Kirk Cameron, Aubrey Chernick and Brooks Robinson at a banquet held April 6 in Woodland, Md.

Founded by the legendary pediatric neurosurgeon, the Carson Scholars Fund “awards students who have embraced high levels of academic excellence and community service with $1,000 college scholarships.” The Fund additionally recognizes three notable figures with the Leadership Award, the Sonya Award and the Power of Excellence Award.

Actor and producer Kirk Cameron was presented with the Power of Excellence Award, “for demonstrating excellence in his career and becoming a positive role model.”

Kirk Cameron. Got an award for excellence. From a “scholars fund.” In related news, Charlie Sheen has been named the recipient of the first annual Lindsay Lohan Sobriety and Public Dignity Award, to be presented to him by Mel Gibson.

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  • Kevin Kehres

    Neurosurgeons are mechanics. OK; really, really skilled mechanics dealing with really, really intricate systems.

    But hand-eye coordination is pretty much the only requirement beyond the knowledge of what to cut out and what to avoid cutting.

    Any other claim with regard to their intelligence or need to understand the science behind their craft is specious at best.

    The same can be said of most surgical specialties. And most of the rest of medical practice. My otolaryngologist is a practicing 7th Day Adventist. He believes the world was created 6000 years ago, and that humans were created specially on the 6th day.

    He has very nice hands when he picks the wax out of my ear canals.

  • colnago80

    Surgeons are like automobile mechanics. Automobile mechanics don’t have to know anything about the thermodynamics of the internal combustion engine and surgeons don’t have to know much about biology in order to perform their tasks. Carson is like Michael Egnor, a crackpot. Just the breed to appeal to the ignoramuses amongst the tea baggers.

  • magistramarla

    What is it with neurosurgeons lately? The one who did a great job with my hubby’s back surgery in 1999 has now been very publicly touting creationism, anti-gay and anti-ACA propaganda.

    I need to see a good neurosurgeon for the sacrilization that has been found in my lower back, but I refuse to see that one. In fact, I’ll carefully research any one that I do see to make sure that he/she is not a wackaloon.

  • mikeyb

    Kirk Cameron, the actor that by comparison makes Keanu Reeves look like Laurence Olivier. Ben Carson has definitely now be up for a Templeton for his generosity in promoting the unity of Jesus and creation science.

  • dukeofomnium

    If Kirk Cameron has demonstrated excellence in his career, I’d hate to see someone who demonstrated mediocrity or incompetence.

  • felidae

    A $1000 scholarship? how generous of those folks to pay for TWO WEEKS of the average cost of college It would be great to see those folks open their wallets and make a meaningful contribution to someone’s education

  • dingojack

    Ben Carson Hearts Kirk Cameron

    Well, someone has to (even his mum gave up on him long ago).

    Dingo

  • Marie the Bookwyrm

    The legendary pediatric neurosurgeon?!?!?!?!!

    What the heck did Carson do to become legendary??

  • gorgias

    Legendary among Christians is probably closer to the mark. Ben Carson’s been a role model in the fundy world for some time, though his dabbling in politics is a somewhat new phenomenon.

    At least he was good at something. Unlike Kirk Cameron, who decided a long time ago that being a good role model was more important than being a good actor.

  • Michael Heath

    felidae writes:

    A $1000 scholarship? how generous of those folks to pay for TWO WEEKS of the average cost of college It would be great to see those folks open their wallets and make a meaningful contribution to someone’s education

    If you’re looking to help young aspiring students I agree this is not a meaningful amount. If you’re instead cynically seeking to mass market the Ben Carson brand to a delusional set of sheep (tax free!); well then this scholarship program is downright crafty.

  • Michael Heath

    gorgias:

    Kirk Cameron, who decided a long time ago that being a good role model was more important than being a good actor.

    I object on both counts. Kirk Cameron promotes the continued abuse of gay people; so not a good role model. And I see no evidence that Cameron had a choice to be a good actor and instead chose an alternative path. That would have required an aptitude for acting that Cameron never demonstrated.

  • coffeehound

    Ben Carson Hearts Kirk Cameron

    Great minds think alike.

    But wtf, Sam Donaldson?

    That’s a little disappointing…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=730511544 billdaniels

    #*:This was quoted on another post. Carson became legendary when he removed his own brain and became a Republican Tea Party Wingnut.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    It’s hard to say how much work Cameron would have found post Growing Pains if he hadn’t been a hardcore fundie. Being on a hit TV show is no guarantee of future success. Conversely lacking strong acting skills haven’t hampered other careers. But Cameron had already become a pain in the ass several seasons before Growing Pains ended, amongst other things getting the actress who played his girlfriend fired because she had appeared in Playboy. I’m sure that resulted in a lot of people not wanting to take the risk on hiring him after the show ended.

  • tuibguy

    I wonder why Brooks Robinson was in there. He was a good baseball player, but to be recognized by Ben Carson for a “Sonja Award,” he must have pulled some fucked-up shit since he retired.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “What is it with neurosurgeons lately?”

    Self-interest/professional courtesy/circling the wagons; call it what you will. They’ve realized, belatedly, that once the people have ALL figured out that the priests and ministers are basically full of shit, that their own lofty status might actually be reduced to that of a really good auto mechanic.

    I knew a crusty old bastard who worked at a Cadillac dealership about fifty years ago. One day a doctor came in and complained to the dealership’s service manager that “Steve*” had done something or other improperly on his automobile while working on it. Steve was called in from the service department and upbraided in front of the smug asshole. At that moment, Steve said: “Well, y’know doc, we all make mistakes–but I don’t get to bury mine.”.

    Steve’s later career arc did not include auto maintenance.

    “Kirk Cameron, who decided a long time ago that being a good role model was more important than being a good actor”

    A good role model for assholery, perhaps:

    “20. Although Cameron believes that homosexuality is an “unnatural act,” in “necessary circumstances,” he advocates anal sex in couples as a means for a woman to avoid losing her virginity before marriage.*”

    I wonder does he think one should use a banana?

    “I wonder why Brooks Robinson was in there. He was a good baseball player, but…”

    AAGSDS***? It’s not in the DSMV but I think it will be in DSMVI. It’s an affliction that seems to hit famous people at a time when they can no longer NOT say, “Yeah, I am a pretty big deal” and yet…It’s their way of covering all the bases; false humility allowing them to still flex their peckers and more false humility to allow them to hide behind HIS skirts when they, inevitably, experience a decline in their prowess. See: White, Reggie, Green Bay Packers. It seems to strike, disproportionately, pro athletes, although actorholes like Cameron are not immune.

    * Not his real name, his real name was “Stephen”.

    ** (source:http://www.pajiba.com/seriously_random_lists/mindhole-blowers-20-facts-about-kirk-cameron-that-might-give-you-seaver-fever.php#.U1uwCekU-M8) and, no, I have no idea where he got it, but it’s so wonderful I’ll pretend it came from FOX.

    *** Aging Athlete GODLY Specialness Delusion Syndrome

  • Doug Little

    Yay, the heat is off engineers for once, there seems to be another profession that attracts the crackpots.

  • Doug Little

    A $1000 scholarship? how generous of those folks to pay for TWO WEEKS of the average cost of college It would be great to see those folks open their wallets and make a meaningful contribution to someone’s education

    This reminds me of the Daily Show a couple of weeks ago where Fox News was all in a tizzy about spring break and one of the people being interviewed said that he wouldn’t let his daughters go to spring break but had no problem with his sons going and would give them $100 for the trip. Hilarity ensues.

    http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/p9ek5k/the-younger-games–catching-ire?xrs=synd_facebook_041014_tds_66