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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dr. Ben Carson's Apology Gives Him A Chance To Make His Point Again And Again

By Susan Duclos

Liberals are up in arms again over comments made by Dr. Ben Carson.

Dr. Benjamin Carson, the famed Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon, apologized Friday for his "choice of words" and use of examples in discussing gay marriage on Fox News earlier in the week.

During Sean Hannity's show on Tuesday, when asked about the matter before the Supreme Court, Carson said, "Marriage is between a man and a woman. No group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality, it doesn't matter what they are. They don't get to change the definition."

The comparison of gays to members of the North American Boy/Man Love Association and those who engage in bestiality set off a backlash of criticism in the media, online and on campus. There is now a petition circulating at Johns Hopkins Medical to have Carson removed as commencement speaker in May at the School of Medicine.
Carson was to be the commencement speaker at Johns Hopkins University and students started circulating a petition to replace him due to his comments quoted above.

Carson has offered to withdraw as commencement speaker if necessary and  during an interview he also offered his apologies for offending people, then went on to make his original point again.

"I think people have completely taken the wrong meaning out of what I was saying," the 61-year-old surgeon said in a telephone interview Friday. "First of all, I certainly believe gay people should have all the rights that anybody else has. What I was basically saying is that as far as marriage is concerned that has traditionally been between a man and a woman and nobody should be able to change that."

"Now perhaps the examples were not the best choice of words, and I certainly apologize if I offended anyone," he added. "But the point that I was making was that no group of individuals, whoever they are, whatever their belief systems, gets to change traditional definitions. The reason I believe the way I do, I will readily confess, is because I am a Christian who believes in The Bible."

The Bible, he explained, "...says we have an obligation to love our fellow man as ourselves, and I love everybody the same -- all homosexuals. Everybody who knows me knows I would never say anything to intentionally hurt someone."

In an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, he also said "“Marriage is a very sacred thing and we need to maintain it as a sacred thing. When I say we don’t want to change it or degrade it by calling everything marriage, that’s not aimed at any particular group. But the fact of the matter is, the Bible and God have set very specific standards. It’s very clear what’s being said. God doesn’t change, man changes. Our duty is to allow for that change and to still love them and in terms of what happens with them, that’s a decision that’s up to God, that’s not our decision."

By sincerely apologizing for offense and saying he used bad examples in his original argument, he has taken the hammer liberals have been using to hit him with, away from them, then proceeded to make his original point, again and again.

What Carson is learning about the world of politics is that one cannot be black, successful and conservative, without liberals attacking you as if you were the devil.

Examples of previous attacks against Carson, which started when he took Obama's policies to task at the National Prayer Breakfast, while Obama sat a couple seats away from him, can be found here, here and here.

Since that initial National Prayer Breakfast video of Carson went viral, liberals have called him an "Oreo," a "Token,"   a white man's "Negro," an "Uncle Tom,"  a "Negro du jour," and Nigger, among other things.