Carson: The Real Problem is the Rights of Christians

Carson: The Real Problem is the Rights of Christians April 12, 2015

In the fantasy world inhabited by the right wing, Christians, who comprise the overwhelming majority of the American population, are the real victims of oppression and discrimination, not traditional marginalized groups like gay people. Ben Carson, you’re up.

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s interviews with neurosurgeon headline generator Ben Carson have caused some trouble for the latter, to the point that he’s said he won’t discuss LGBT issues anymore. Nonetheless Cuomo pinned him down on the subject Thursday morning, appearing bewildered when Carson intimated that the LGBT community was a more protected class than Christians under the Constitution.

“I would like to see as much emphasis on the rights of Christians…as there is to some of the other groups,” Carson said. “I would like to see a much greater conservation about Christians and their rights. Why are we not talking about that?”

“We are right now,” Cuomo said. “The LGBT community gets far less legal protection, as you know—”

“No, not as I know,” Carson objected.

“How do you not know that?” Cuomo asked.

Because he lives on Planet Wingnuttia, not in the real world. And as usual, when he’s not blatantly wrong about an issue, all he has to offer are vague platitudes:

“The important thing is for us as a nation to recognize that all citizens of the United States are protected by our Constitution,” Carson said. “We need to stop deciding that one group versus another is the flavor of the day.”

Meaningless tripe. Every clash over rights is a clash between groups. Group A would not have to fight for equal rights if group B wasn’t so zealous to deny them. Every such decision is choosing one group over another.

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