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The man once known for his brilliant achievements as a world renowned neurosurgeon is now getting attention for a completely difference reason. Dr. Ben Carson has been on a controversy streak with his latest comments about gay marriage. He has also had no reservations when sharing his many other conservative views. Atlanta Black Star reports:
Dr. Ben Carson has angered supporters of gay marriage with comments on Fox News that appear to compare homosexuality to pedophilia and bestiality. Though Carson yesterday tried to apologize for his remarks, students at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine are circulating a petition to have him removed as a commencement speaker.
“My thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established fundamental pillar of society and 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,” said Carson, who is the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, on Sean Hannity’s show on Tuesday.
Dr. Carson managed to offend a lot of people, including those with in the university and the community. Students began a petition drive to have Ben Carson removed as the commencement speaker shortly after.
“At the time of his nomination, Dr. Carson was known to most of us as a world-class neurosurgeon and passionate advocate for education. Many of us had read his books and looked up to him as a role model in our careers,” said the petition by the Health and Human Rights Student Group connected to its Facebook page. “Since then, however, several public events have cast serious doubt on the appropriateness of having Dr. Carson speak at our graduation.”
Dr. Carson has since apologized for his “choice of words” but not for what he meant by them.
“I think in terms of what was said on Sean Hannity’s show, that was taken completely out of context and completely misunderstood in terms of what I was trying to say,” Carson told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “As a Christian, I have a duty to love all people and that includes people who have other sexual orientations, and I certainly do, and never had any intention of offending anyone … If anyone was offended, I apologize to you.”
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