Given Ross’ commentary on the subject, it is worth noting that Ben Carson has now apologized for claiming homosexuality is a choice claiming that people go into prison straight and then come out gay during an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo. Carson’s statement read:
I realized that my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues. I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation. I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended.
In a radio interview with Sean Hannity, Carson took CNN to task for editing the interview and also stated he would not be talking about gay rights anymore:
I simply have decided, that I’m not going to really talk about that issue anymore because every time I’m gaining momentum, the liberal press says ‘let’s talk about gay rights.’ And I’m just not going to fall for that anymore.
Frankly, it’s a bit of cop out for Carson to criticize CNN for its editing unless they pulled a George Zimmerman and distorted what he said. That’s not what happened here. Carson did say “a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay.” Carson is responsible for what comes out of his mouth. He knows this and an apology was the right thing to do in this instance.
As for his vow not to speak about gay rights, this is probably the right course of action. Don’t speak about what you don’t know. Hopefully, Carson won’t be invoking Nazi Germany again anytime soon.
However, I’m not sure Carson should entirely avoid talking about gay rights. Let me put it this way. Scott Walker was right to decline to answer that question he got in London on evolution. It is not something that is a matter of public policy at present. No one is teaching creationism/intelligent design in Wisconsin classrooms. Whatever Walker’s religious beliefs on the subject they are irrelevant to the day to day governance in Wisconsin and in the White House for that matter.
The same cannot be said of gay marriage. This question is still being decided in various courts across the country particularly in Alabama where federal court and the Alabama State Supreme Court are butting heads over the matter. So I think it’s entirely reasonable for Chris Cuomo to raise the issue with Carson or any other presidential aspirant. Honestly, the first 70 seconds of Cuomo and Carson’s discussion of the subject was quite reasonable. Then Carson crashed and burned.
Given the political injuries he has sustained, it is probably better that Carson doesn’t discuss gay rights. But if he or any other Republican candidate should choose to discuss they should do so in an intelligent and reasonable manner. Of course, the left-wing media will probably not like what they have to say and throw stones at them. That is fine as long as Republican presidential candidates don’t furnish the left-wing media with stones in the first place.
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