The Bryan Fischer Award is given to those who show a breathtaking lack of self-awareness, accusing their opponents of committing their own worst sins. Today’s winner is Ben Carson, for this utterly oblivious statement in response to Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s pledge to protect transgender people from discrimination.
“This is not the first time that we have seen discriminatory responses to historic moments of progress to our nation,” Lynch said, citing the Jim Crow laws, resistance to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling, and the proliferation of bans on same-sex marriages as examples.
“That’s what they always say,” Carson told Fox News. “Everything is like Jim Crow. Everything is like racism and segregation and slavery. What a bunch of crap. You know, they want to do that so that they can always gain the sympathy, but thinking people know better.”
“You know Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. And it is in a way, it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care. It was about control.”
At least Lynch was comparing two instances of discrimination and making a valid historical comparison, for crying out loud. And then there’s this:
“You know, we need to go back to recognizing data and science. You know, we know what men are, and we know what women are, and we’ve known that for thousands of years,” Carson said. “You know, if there are some people who are confused about it, we can make some accommodations for them, but it doesn’t have to involve everybody.”
I love how Carson always talks about the need to be logical while being profoundly illogical and about the need to follow science while completely ignoring science. Okay Ben, have you engaged with any of the scientific literature on transgenderism? If you have, you would know that gender is not a simple binary at all. What about those who are intersex? What about those with Klinefelter Syndrome? You could just do a Google Scholar search for transgenderism and find reams of information on the subject. The one who isn’t recognizing science and data here is you.