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Doctor’s Anti-Gay Comments Lead to Commencement Cancellation

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Friday Apr 12, 2013

A John Hopkins University neurosurgeon has stepped down from giving a commencement speech at the school, after coming under fire for recent comments he made regarding gay marriage, Politico reports.

"Given all the national media surrounding my statements as to my belief in traditional marriage, I believe it would be in the best interests of the students for me to voluntarily withdraw as your commencement speaker this year," Ben Carson said in an email sent Wednesday to Paul Rothman, the dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins medicine. "My presence is likely to distract from the true celebratory nature of the day."

Earlier this month Carson appeared on Fox News and compared homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia. Soon after he made his remarks, however, Rothman condemned Carson.

"My thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman. 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, it doesn't matter what they are, they don't get to change the definition," Carson, who is the director of pediatric neurosurgery, said.

Last week, the doctor apologized for his statements.

"I think in terms of what was said on Sean Hannity's show, that was taken completely out of context and completely misunderstood in terms of what I was trying to say," Carson said. "As a Christian, I have a duty to love all people and that includes people who have other sexual orientations, and I certainly do, and never had any intention of offending anyone... If anyone was offended, I apologize to you."

In his email to Rothman, Carson added, "Commencement is about the students and their successes, and it is not about me. I want to make certain that remains so. Someday in the future, it is my hope and prayer that the emphasis on political correctness will decrease and we will start emphasizing rational discussion of differences so we can actually resolve problems and chart a course that is inclusive of everyone."


  • , 2013-04-12 02:20:32

    Inclusive of everyone except those non-Christians and everything the bible says to abhor.

  • gdhamf, 2013-04-12 02:48:47

    Oh yeah, sorry he offended, not sorry for saying it. That is like being sorry you got caught!

  • Oh Jed said:, 2013-04-12 06:21:34

    I’m worried that my comment will be misconstrued and taken out of context, but Ben Carson is a irrational moron and it is amazing and frightening that he is actually billed as a Neurosurgeon. Oh, and Fuck You Ben "suck-a-poodle" Carson.

  • WayGay, 2013-04-12 10:06:27

    It is so interesting to hear comments like that from a black man. It wasn’t so long ago that a man if his particular persuasion would be publicly considered morally, intellectually, and physically inferior. Separate but equal was the law of the land in the south. This man I’m certain would stand for nothing less than full equality for himself and yet his ’I got mine’ attitude prevails. Obviously he believes marriage is between a man and a woman because he’s married to a woman. How an educated man can be so ignorant is beyond me. His religion is his. My religion is mine. I really have no tolerance for ignorance any more.

  • klownpoet, 2013-04-12 23:09:17

    i love the traditional bible difinition one man one woman better read your bible..abraham , sarah, and hagar mmf and it’s all throught the bible..hate spewing christians, Jesus thaught love not hate and bigotry .the bible has references to more than one wife where is the one man and one woman. They need to just get over themselves

  • klownpoet, 2013-04-12 23:13:12

    sorry for the throught have parkinsons and sometimes my mind and fingers don’t match lol(and it’s worse if i get excited)

  • DanC, 2013-04-15 16:58:26

    "Last week, the doctor apologized for his statements." No he didn’t. Any statement beginning with "if" is NOT an apology...’if I offended anyone...’

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