SNL Takes Down Ben Carson On Homosexuality Comments

Saturday Night Live takes down Dr. Ben Carson in a big way.

Last week, the potential GOP 2016 candidate for president, told CNN that homosexuality is ‘absolutely’ a choice and prison sex is the proof of the theory.

Weekend Update anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost took more than one jab at the retired surgeon:

‘Dr Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon said that homosexuality is a choice because many people go to prison straight, but when they come out, they’re gay. Kind of like how in that last sentence, Carson went in as a neurosurgeon and came out as a complete idiot.

And then there’s more. Hit the video below.

(h/t JMG)

Dr. Ben Carson Apologizes For Saying Homosexuality Is A “Choice”

As I reported yesterday, retired neurosurgeon (and probable GOP candidate for president in 2016) Dr. Ben Carson claimed on CNN that homosexuality is definitely a choice and he could prove it because folks have sex in prison.

He then appeared on Sean Hannity’s show and claimed that CNN had edited the interview (even though there were no quick cuts to be seen) that took his statement out of context.

From Mediaite:

During a radio discussion this afternoon with Sean Hannity, Carson blamed the ordeal on CNN. “It was a 25 minute interview they chopped, and you see what part they emphasized,” he said. “I did learn something very important: For certain networks, never do a pre-taped interview. Always do it live.”

Carson continued: “I simply have decided I’m not really going to 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.”

The problem with Carson’s attempt to play victim here is that, during that sequence of the CNN interview, there were clearly no jump-cuts and no edits — just a straight back-and-forth about whether homosexuality is a choice. Playing this off with a “gotcha media vs. poor ol’ Ben Carson” spin isn’t exactly going to cut it. Sometimes your words are just your words.

Then last night, Carson took to his Facebook page to issue an apology saying he “answered a question without really thinking about it thoroughly.” That part is a bit perplexing in that he’s spoken out about homosexuality often; and, he was unequivocal in his opinion on CNN.

See his apology below:

In a recent interview on CNN, 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.

I’m a doctor trained in multiple fields of medicine, who was blessed to work at perhaps the finest institution of medical knowledge in the world. 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. We do know, however, that we are always born male and female. And I know that we are all made in God’s image, which means we are all deserving of respect and dignity.

I support human rights and Constitutional protections for gay people, and I have done so for many years. I support civil unions for gay couples, and I have done so for many years. I support the right of individual states to sanction gay marriage, and I support the right of individual states to deny gay marriage in their respective jurisdictions.

I also think that marriage is a religious institution. Religious marriage is an oath before God and congregation. Religious marriage must only be governed by the church. Judges and government must not be allowed to restrict religious beliefs.

I am not a politician and I answered a question without really thinking about it thoroughly. No excuses. I deeply regret my statement and I promise you, on this journey, I may err again, but unlike politicians when I make an error I will take full responsibility and never hide or parse words. As a human being my obligation is to learn from my mistakes and to treat all people with respect and dignity.

Dr. Ben Carson: Being Gay Is A Choice Because “Prison”

Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson says, during an interview on CNN with Chris Cuomo, said that being gay is a choice because folks have sex in prison.

This isn’t the first time the potential GOP candidate for president has gotten in trouble regarding the issue of homosexuality.

Carson made waves in 2013 when he compared gay marriage to pedophilia and bestiality in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

“It’s a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition.”

According to the American Psychological Association, “there is no consensus among scientists” on how a person’s sexual orientation is developed.

“Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors,” the APA says. “Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles; most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation.”

Ben Carson: Anti-Gay Bakers Might Poison Wedding Cakes If Pushed

Conservative political hopeful Ben Carson, speaking to the press yesterday at the Iowa Freedom Summit, learned he may need to sharpen his technique when facing the press.

Take this example when he commented on political correctness and gay marriage:

“What I have a problem with is when people try to force people to act against their beliefs because they say ‘they’re discriminating against me.’ So they can go right down the street and buy a cake, but no, let’s bring a suit against this person because I want them to make my cake even though they don’t believe in it.

“Which is really not all that smart because they might put poison in that cake.”

According to The Hill, Carson’s staff found the comment humorous, but received dead silence from the journalists in the room.

Conservative Ben Carson has a gay marriage compromise – Gays can’t marry

Now, here’s an approach from conservative activist Ben Carson that sounds fair.

In an effort to show his supreme ability to work with others, Carson generously suggests this compromise on same-sex marriage: gays can love who they want, but they cannot marry.  Also, as part of the “bargain,” gays don’t get to call anti-gay folks “homophobes.”

Wow.  Generous.

All joking aside, it’s difficult to believe Carson kept a straight face while spouting this nonsense on right wing NewsMax.

After saying that marriage has never changed form or “definition” in America (or thousands of years of world history), Carson says that trying to justify same-sex marriage is like trying to say 2+2=5.

Mmm, not quite, Mr. Carson.

(via Right Wing Watch)

Ben Carson: Obamacare is the worst thing to happen to America since slavery

Speaking at the Values Voters Summit, Ben Carson says Obamacare is the worst thing to happen to America since slavery.

Really??? The WORST thing since slavery?

What’s strange about all the hyperbole about Obamacare is conservatives LOVE the idea of people being responsible for themselves. So why wouldn’t they LOVE the idea of Obamacare?

Oh! I know! Because they like the idea of “other people” being responsible for themselves.

p.s. Obamacare is saving me $200 a month on my health insurance that I PERSONALLY pay for.  PLUS, as a cancer survivor, I can’t be kicked off my policy.  Just saying…


Dr. Ben Carson attempts to explain inflammatory marriage equality comments

Dr. Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon who’s a rising star for political conservatives, said Friday that he wants to restore civility to American political discourse and acknowledged that he is prepared to step down as commencement speaker at Johns Hopkins University.

Students at Johns Hopkins have circulated a petition to replace Carson, who’s retiring this year, as the university’s commencement speaker after he made incendiary remarks regarding marriage equality this week. He told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that he’s willing to honor those students’ wishes.

Carson, the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, on Tuesday called hetero-sexual marriage “a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and 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.”

Today on MSNBC, however, he was a bit more moderated in his language:

“I think people have completely taken the wrong meaning out of what I was saying,” Carson said. “First of all, I certainly believe gay people should have all the rights that anybody else has. What I was basically saying is that as far as marriage is concerned that has traditionally been between a man and a woman and nobody should be able to change that.”

Nonetheless, he conceded that “perhaps the examples were not the best choice of words, and I certainly apologize if I offended anyone….the point that I was making was that no group of individuals, whoever they are, whatever their belief systems, gets to change traditional definitions. The reason I believe the way I do, I will readily confess, is because I am a Christian who believes in The Bible.”

(via MediaMatters)