On March 30, the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post both published Sun writer David Zurawik’s report – as follows:
“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.
“‘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. …
“‘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.”
Missing from this Baltimore Sun report published by the Post is the rest of Carson’s statement, as reported by National Review magazine:
“The reason I believe the way I do, I will readily confess, is because I am a Christian who believes in the Bible.”
Why, in the name of Fourth Estate fairness, did both the Sun and the Post delete this statement by Dr. Carson?
In the National Review, John Fund wrote:
“Carson said he is willing to forgo his commencement duties if he is formally asked to. He explained to the Sun today, ‘This is their graduation, their big day, and if they think me being there is going to be a problem, I am happy to withdraw.’
“We’ll see if his apology is accepted. If not, it will be clear that an authoritarian, anti-free-speech mindset has set in with many gay-marriage supporters. Free and open debate is vital to discussing public-policy issues. In fact, it was liberal Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor who brought up the issue of bestiality during this week’s oral arguments on a gay-rights case, openly asking if the extension of marriage law to gays would open the courts up to lawsuits demanding equal marriage rights by polygamists and those who engage in bestiality.
“Apparently, for many liberals, free-speech rights can be extended to people who agree with them or their allies, but those outside their circle had better be prepared for attempts to shut them up.”
Let me ask the question: Does anybody believe that if the U.S. Supreme Court approves same-sex marriage, that it will not be legally obligated to approve marriage for all other alternate sexual orientations?
How can the high court grant marriage approval to homosexuals – whose practitioners have the nation’s highest rates of AIDS and syphilis – while denying marital rights to zoophiliacs, or practitioners of bestiality (provided the beasts are freely consenting and do not resist or run away)?
American Thinker columnist Lloyd Marcus, on March 29, wrote the following:
- “Dr. Ben Carson is a conservative, which means Dr. Carson touts character, education, and hard work as the keys to success rather than Democrat government programs and being placed at the front of the line because of his skin color.
- “Dr. Carson’s common-sense health care solutions delivered in his National Prayer Breakfast speech went viral because Obama was in attendance. Even though Dr. Carson did not direct his comments to Obama, the left says he rudely dissed the president.”
- “Suddenly, Dr. Carson is hot, receiving well-deserved media coverage. Incredibly, the most vicious attacks on Dr. Carson are coming from black media.”
- “Folks, the bottom line is the modern black civil rights movement has shamefully become a business – making millions of dollars by keeping racism alive and minorities feeling victimized and disenfranchised, while living in the greatest land of opportunity on the planet.”
- “Dr. Ben Carson, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and former president of the National Restaurant Association and presidential candidate Herman Cain have achieved extraordinary success outside of the Democrat plantation system. This is why each of them is hated and vilified by the black civil rights coalition rather than celebrated as a role model. It is truly sad and disgusting.”
American Thinker columnist Thomas Lifson wrote the following:
“The homosexual movement has a very strong aversion to any mention of other sexual deviations in the same breath as homosexuality, abhorring any comparison of the undefined range of behavior encompassed in the acronym LGBT to bestiality in particular, and for some, pedophilia. (It must be noted that NAMBLA formerly marched in the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade, until its presence there became a public embarrassment, as the parade’s visibility grew. So at one point the homosexual movement big tent sheltered adult-child sexual relations.)”