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Ben Carson says prison proves gay lifestyle is a choice, later apologizes


Ben Carson speaking at CPAC in 2015.  Photo Greg Skidmore/Foter/CC BY-SA

Ben Carson speaking at CPAC in 2015. Photo Greg Skidmore/Foter/CC BY-SA

[by Dean Smith] In an interview on CNN, Ben Carson, a possible contender for the Republican presidential nomination, was asked if being gay was a choice. There are several pushing the idea that homosexuality is genetic, however, a number of studies on identical twins suggest this is not the case.

In a response to Chris Cuomo’s question, Carson said he believes being gay is a choice.

Using the prison system as his example, Carson stated:

“Because a lot of people who go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”

This statement predictably stirred up a hornet’s nest. Carson has since pulled back from his comments apologizing if he offended anyone adding that was not his intent.

He stated in a second interview with CNN:

“Some of our brightest minds have looked at this debate, and up until this point there have been no definitive studies that people are born into a specific sexuality.”

Ben Carson, 63, is a retired neurosurgeon and was the first surgeon to successfully separate co-joined twins connected at the head.

He recently announced setting up of a committee to explore the possibility of seeking the Republican nomination for the 2016 Presidential election.

Carson is not a big fan of the party system that rules politics and for several years shied away from joining a political party. He only became a member of the Republican party in 2014 because he was considering a move into politics. He described it as a pragmatic decision necessary to meet a political goal.

In a 2013 interview with the National Review, Carson made his feelings clear on party politics stating:

“If I were part of one [a political party], it would be called the Logic Party, and it would be dedicated to common sense approaches we all should be able to see.”

He is also not particularly fond of the political correctness fad sweeping America. Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC on February 7, 2013, Carson described it as little more than an attempt to stifle free speech.

In his address, Carson said:

“PC is dangerous, because you see in this country, one of the founding principles was freedom of thought and freedom of expression. And it [PC] muffles people. It puts a muzzle on them.”

I wonder if he just experienced first hand, the heavy clout of PC in America.

Carson’s parents divorced when he was eight years old and he was raised by his mother.

In his book, Gifted Hands, Carson said as a young teenager his temper was so violent he almost killed a friend in an argument over a radio station. Fortunately, the knife broke. However as a result, Ben read the book of Proverbs and applied every verse on anger. Carson said this helped him resolve his anger issues.

Carson and his family attend the Seventh Day Adventist church.

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