I'm a big fan of Dr. Ben Carson as a spokesman for conservative principles. I'm not such a fan of his running for president.
But whatever he does, if he intends to be in the public's consciousness and to try to influence public opinion, he needs to be credible.
And for those conservatives who want to really make a difference in American politics, they need to be especially credible with moderates, independents, and Millennials.
So it was particularly disappointing to hear Dr. Carson say on CNN that being gay is a choice.
I suppose there can be honest disagreement over the question, though frankly I think Carson's view is, in the case of most gays, utterly ridiculous. As several gay friends have told me, "Who would choose this?" Furthermore, if it were a choice, I wonder if more people would choose it -- the hypothetical is somewhat hard for me to even contemplate given my lifelong attraction to women.
Dr. Carson bases his claim on the idea that "a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight and when they come out they're gay."