Ben Carson Keeps On Digging

Ben Carson Keeps On Digging March 6, 2015

After making an egregiously stupid statement that homosexuality is “absolutely” a choice because people go to prison straight and come out gay, Ben Carson took to Facebook to “apologize” and managed to dig the hole even deeper with more absurdity.

In a recent interview on CNN, I realized that my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues.

What the fuck does that mean? This is classic religio-babble.

I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation.

Yes you do. When asked if you think homosexuality is a choice you said, and I quote, “absolutely.” You didn’t just pretend to know, you pretended to know it “absolutely.”

I’m a doctor trained in multiple fields of medicine, who was blessed to work at perhaps the finest institution of medical knowledge in the world. Some of our brightest minds have looked at this debate, and up until this point there have been no definitive studies that people are born into a specific sexuality.

You have a medical degree and you have no idea how epigenetics works. Absurd, but unsurprising.

We do know, however, that we are always born male and female.

You’re a doctor and you’ve never heard of intersex people? Hermaphrodites? Klinefelter’s syndrome? About 1% of all people are born with one of several types of non-binary gender (and that’s just looking a genitalia, it doesn’t count those who are transgender), which means there are about 70 million people who were not, in fact, born male or female. Again, we have a medical doctor who claims to know things that are flatly false.

I support human rights and Constitutional protections for gay people, and I have done so for many years. I support civil unions for gay couples, and I have done so for many years. I support the right of individual states to sanction gay marriage, and I support the right of individual states to deny gay marriage in their respective jurisdictions.

Then you don’t have a clue what the word “rights” means. States do not have rights, individuals have rights. And if you actually supported human rights for gay people, you would be against violating those rights no matter what level of government is doing it.

I also think that marriage is a religious institution. Religious marriage is an oath before God and congregation. Religious marriage must only be governed by the church. Judges and government must not be allowed to restrict religious beliefs.

You have it exactly backwards. If marriage was a religious institution, non-religious people would not be allowed to get married. If marriage was a religious institution, only those that the church approves of would be allowed to get married. But in this country, you can get married without any religious component whatsoever. You can be married at a courthouse with religion being completely absent from the proceedings, which proves that marriage is a legal institution. A marriage is not legally recognized unless the government issues a license and the license is then witnessed and returned to the government.

And whether gay people are allowed to get married or not, “religious marriage” is and will remain under the control of the church. No church can be forced to perform a gay wedding, just like they can’t be forced to perform an interracial or interreligious one. But that has nothing to with whether they can actually get married, which is a function of the state, not the church.

And then, because he apparently can’t trust himself not to say something stupid on the subject, he told Sean Hannity he will refuse to answer any question about gay rights from now on:

He added: “I simply have decided I’m not going to really talk about that issue anymore, because every time I gain momentum, the liberal press says, ‘let’s talk about gay rights.’ I’m just not going to fall for that anymore.”

Yeah, you should totally blame it on the person who asks you the question. It must be their fault, not yours for saying something stupid.

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