Why Ben Carson was wrong–and why that’s a problem

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Ben Carson thinks being gay is “absolutely” choice because people “go into prison straight and, when they come out, they’re gay.” That’s a problem for Republicans in 2016.

Let me just say this to start: whether or not you think being gay is a choice, prisoners are probably the worst argument possible.

Prisoners don’t generally become gay. Prison myths aside. Some of them (though not a substantial number of them) do engage in gay acts in prison because, let’s face it, there’s not a ton of selection in there. Others fall victim to sexual assault or rape behind bars. But just like a gay man who experiments with sex with a woman in adolescence, one act doesn’t define sexuality–especially if it occurs in a place like prison.

Because very rarely do otherwise straight prisoners embrace a new gay lifestyle once they’re released back to the world of available women. That just doesn’t happen.

Dr. Carson rightfully deserves a tremendous amount of respect as a figure in the conservative movement–but as a renowned medical doctor and neurosurgeon, he should also know better than to speculate on science that, quite honestly, we don’t understand yet. He should also realize that comments like these play directly into the Left’s hands.

Remarks like these represent a tremendous political problem for Republicans 2016: not just because the Left will take them out of context and use them to attack, but because the number of Americans who hold views like Carson’s is getting increasingly small.

63% of all Americans now back gay marriage. That’s a massive 14-point leap from just 49% in 2010, so that number will undoubtedly grow by November 2016.

With numbers that high, it’s clear that gay marriage is no longer just backed by liberals.

Even among Republicans, gay marriage support is at 40%, with nearly a quarter “strongly” supporting. 61% of Republicans under 30, and 56% of Republicans under 45, are also in favor–the next generation of leaders and voters. 64% of millennial evangelicals support it, too.

And even in a conservative hotbed like the South, voters are evenly split, 46%-46%–showing just how much support there is, nationwide.

Because they have no economic record to run on, Democrats are going to use the same playbook they used in 2012: make Republicans look out-of-touch. With 64% of swing vote moderates supporting gay marriage–and a measly 27% opposed–Republicans, quite honestly, need to stop publicly talking like Ben Carson, no matter how they might feel privately.

Simply put, this isn’t a winning issue in 2016. If Ben Carson wants to be seen as a legitimate presidential primary candidate–and be a legitimate contender next November–he needs to do a stronger job of appealing past his conservative base, and stop playing into the Left’s hands with comments like these.

Morgan Mayhew
Morgan is a freelance writer for a variety of publications covering popular culture, societal behavior and the political influences of each.
  • Gay is a choice and most Americans do not want marriage redefined. You are wrong and Carson is correct! We do not mess with gays because it is not a mater of national security but do not mistake being indifferent to agreeing with their choices!!!!!

  • Ricardo

    Pollsters can come up with percentages of people to support whatever the poll bosses are trying to push at any given time. I don’t live my life as a slave to polls as the results that I’ve seen in most of these polls over the years want to guide us away from a Christian life and just follow the “mainstream”. Straight into Hell, for sure.

    • Peanut

      I whole heartedly agree. Polls are worthless. They are manufactured, not to gauge public opinion, but to shape public opinion. Find the right people in the right area and you will get the answer you are looking for.

      Unless one sees the internals from these polls they are worth even less than face value. Go to the Tenderloin district in San Francisco and I guarantee you a very high acceptance of the homosexual life style.
      I’ve seen internals where they “polled” 1000 voters; 500 demonrats, 300 independents and 200 republicans – or equally uneven numbers – then claim something ridiculous is supported by the republicans.

      Vile people, those pollsters.

  • Reflect

    “As in the days of Noah….” Just because the pORKgressives have convinced a majority of people that being gay is normal, doesn’t make it so. If it is evolution, then human kind are to become exstinct, because only opposites create continued movement, such as electricity, magnetism, The whole purpose of convincing people to become gay is to get a drop in population. Look at past civilizations, that advocated or accepted the practice. They are no more. “Just because a lie is told long enough, doesn’t make it the truth, it is still a lie no matter how many people believe the lie!”

    • Peanut

      Yes, population control, but there is far more to it than that.

      Look up the Communist Goals from the 1963 Congressional Record.
      26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

      Read goals 24-28 and you will get the whole picture.

  • RJ Schundler

    My Mother (German born) dated a very popular kid in High School,
    Then Hitler came and my Grandfather sent her to the US to be safely away from Hitler. Where she met my father and in time they were married. When she return to Germany to visit her family, and show them their grandchildren, she met her old boy friend. Who was sent to Russia and was capture, and spent a few years in the USSR prisoner camp. During that time he took up the GAY Life Style, which he continued until he died many years later. He continued to be a friend of my mother and German Family, and when he was younger he traveled a lot with his gay friend, later in life he was petty much alone. From what he told me … he was not the exception to the rule. But I can not confirm this.

  • Dennis Foltz

    Dr.Carson’s mistake was allowing himself to be “baited” by a tricky interviewer. Since he does not shy away from giving truthful answers, he will need to be more vigilant of those who would try to entrap him. Thus far he has been able to defend his positions eloquently. It’s unfortunate he misspoke, but he is a man of character that speaks his mind. At least he admitted the error and offered an apology.

    • Peanut

      “Dr.Carson’s mistake was allowing himself to be “baited” by a tricky interviewer.”


    • wildeagleone

      God is the only one that can give forgiveness to man and that is where the gays a lesbos should go to be absolved from their sins

  • I too believe being gay is a choice . I have been a so called Born again Christian since I was 21. I am closer to 60 now. I have family members that are gay and one daughter that thinks she is a man in a woman’s body. I have met many people that were gay, but then had an experience with the Risen Christ and now are living straight and happily married at that. They say just as a former junkie of whom has come to know Christ has temptation from his or her past addiction. Former gays experience temptation as well, but it no longer controls them.. My one family member that considers herself or himself a transgender was molested 2 times when she was young and had been in counseling, but would not continue when she was young as she did not like having to talk about it and deal with it. Thus she is uncomfortable with males and so interprets that as she must be a man in a woman’s body. There are thousands of Christ followers that were in their lives before Christ gay. But now are not. But the media does not want to research this. I have met soo many gays, women of whom had bad Dad’s or brothers that molested them and they are wounded people who rather than dealing with that injury they live with a in my opinion a warped view of life and live as gays. So I do not believe they cannot help themselves because they were born that way.. They can find healing in Jesus Christ, He does not hate them, he Loves them right where they are.

  • Ken

    I agree completely with Woody.
    In addition Dr Carson knows, as I do being a retired Neurosurgeon, that there is not one shred of scientific evidence that homosexuals are any different genetically, neuroanatically, or metabolically than any other male. One study 20 years ago showing changes in neural cell numbers in the amygdaloid has never been confirmed by those repeating it, and the scientist himself quit and went into full time gay advocacy work.
    Scientists are still working on it but the few possible differences so far have not stood the repeat solid studies. The only studies that have consistently demonstrated the same result time and time again are those documenting that up to 85% of homosexuals had some sort of documented serious problems with their fathers, physical and/or emotional, or with close male relative or family friend.
    Gays need to be respected as loved by God, but they do not need any additional civil rights than any other citizen. And it is not a marriage. They can be good friends and keep their sexual life out of the public eye just like everyone else should.

  • Dom

    Read 1 Romans 24-28 and see what St. Paul calls homosexuals, perverts. Man’s law cannot supersede God’s law. God did not create Adam and Adam or Eve and Eve, He created Adam and Eve and told them to multiply. Sodom and Gomorrah would be proud of the good old USA.

  • Ken

    True, but Man has a free will, and can choose God’s Law or men’s devious laws and will pay the consequences for their choices, on earth and finally in death. We have all sinned. Those who repent and have accepted Jesus’ sacrifice for their sins have been forgiven and are acceptable to God’s Presence.

    I believe God wants that for all His creatures made in His image. They apparently have until the last moment to repent. Until then we are to tell them (not shout and beat them) that life is all about Christ and Him crucified.

  • libslie

    Yes, thanks to 25 years of pro homo propaganda & now leftist backed homofascism where you are mocked, marginalized, fired, threatened with harm & death, beaten & have your property vandalized for daring to call homosexual sex depravity people are too terrified to admit they still find it repulsive & unnatural. I am a Christian but even before I became one I found homo sex abhorrent. It is NOT just a religion thing & the only reason people are now claiming to back homo sex is because of the aforementioned consequences.

    FACT: There is no “gay” gene & ZERO scientific proof that homosexuality is biological.
    FACT: Homosexuality is condemned by all three major religions, Christianity, Islam & Judaism.
    FACT: Homosexuals have an exponentially higher rate of domestic violence, pedophilia, STDs, Hepatitis B & C, AIDS, injury & infections than the NORMAL population.
    FACT: Medical costs for homosexuals are 10 times that of NORMAL people in the same age categories.
    FACT: Homosexuality is a mental illness & was categorized as such up until an influential homo psychiatrist in the 1970s forced his peers to change the DSM.
    FACT: Homosexuality is a HIGH RISK LIFESTYLE practiced by severely disturbed people, most of which are also pedophiles.

    ROMANS: 24 – 27

    24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

    26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

  • lkg

    The homosexual community does not want equality. They want dominance over the rest of us and elimination of Christianity. Look at all the law suits they are bringing against Christian businesses that refuse to provide services for gay wedding ceremonies. I’m sure in the future we will see Bible believing pastors being sued for not performing these ceremonies. Why do they have more rights than we do? Persecution of Christians is happening right now by this tolerant left.