Fox fave and possible presidential candidate Ben Carson has earned himself a place on the Southern Poverty Leadership Council's "extremist watch list." What, what? UPDATED
It's true. Famed neurosurgeon and all around batshit crazy conspiratorialist (gay marriage is a Marxist plot and Democrats will cancel the 2016 elections) now has the dubious honor of being on the SPLC list of extremists due to his batshit crazy anti-gay commentary.
The SPLC cites Carson's anti-LGBT invective, some of which was articulated on Fox News. Here's just a sample:
“Marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA [North American Man/Boy Association, a group advocating pedophilia], be they people who believe in bestiality—it doesn’t matter what they are, they don’t get to change the definition.”
—Interview on Fox News’ “Hannity,” March 26, 2013
The SPLC also notes that Carson is a right wing, GOP activist who claimed that the Affordable Cares Act is worse than slavery.
Carson is in good company as he joins a panoply of Neo-Nazi groups, the KKK, and other unsavory types. In other words - perfect for Fox News!
UPDATE: SPLC has removed Carson from their extremist file and has issued an apology. However, the organization also says Carson has made many extreme statements that warrant scrutiny. Also, there is not "watch list." Read more here.
Given his current political outspokenness, I’m surprised that anyone would’ve ever let themselves be operated on by this man. He’s all sorts of batsh#t crazy (he gets to be the Black male version of Michele Bachmann—maybe even outdoing her since he actually has a medical degree).
Given the choice between some primitive witch doctor in the Amazon jungle or the heart of the Congo and Ben Carson performing delicate neurosurgery on me, I think I’ll go with the witch doctor.
For instance, for someone who’s such an advocate of “marriage is between a man and a woman,” maybe he can explain why his parents got divorced around 1960 (when he was 8). What’s more interesting is the fact that his father was a minister in the Seventh Day Adventist church. And, to add to the interesting, according to the church’s own teachings on divorce, there was only ONE allowable reason for divorce—adultery (because that was the “Biblical” reason for divorce—anyone who divorced for “non-Biblical” reasons could only avoid censure if the reason involved the person’s physical safety). So, are we to believe that Ben’s minister daddy was playing around on the side? Or did his mommy engage in some hanky-panky, yet still managed to keep custody? (Remember, this was an era when a woman who was caught in an adulterous relationship was one of the few reasons that she would be denied custody of the children in any divorce so it’s more likely that daddy couldn’t keep it in his pants.)
And the whole ACA being “worse than slavery” thing. I wonder how exactly he would know about slavery. He was born in 1951 (in Detroit, MI, where slavery had been abolished officially in 1837, when the Michigan Territory became a full state; unofficially, slavery had been abolished in the area in 1787 when the Northwest Ordinance established a US territory north of the Ohio River and slavery was not permitted—though as with all reality, things weren’t quite so, pardon the phrase, black and white as areas along the Ohio River did have some slaveowners who’d migrated northward but slaves weren’t automatically emancipated). Now, both his parents were originally from Georgia, but even in that state, slavery had been officially abolished in 1865 with the 13th Amendment (though, of course, there were occasions of forced servitude, such as sharecropping, throughout the South well into the early 20th century), it’s still pretty unlikely they really experienced anything as bad as actual slavery—without knowing exactly how old his parents were when they left Georgia but I’d guess they were both 40 when Ben was born (not unlikely for Dad but pushing things for mom), meaning they would’ve been born around 1911 and been in Detroit sometime around 1930 to 1935. Again, Ben’s parents wouldn’t have suffered from direct knowledge of slavery, though it’s more than likely their parents (Ben’s grandparents) might have spent some time as slaves (again, without knowing when Ben’s parents were born and how old their parents were when Ben’s parents were born, there’s a good possibility that even Ben’s grandparents were born without having ever been slaves). As a neurosurgeon (even a retired one), Ben should know there’s a difference between “book knowledge” and “life experience.” Just because a technique is described in detail in the book doesn’t mean it’ll work as described when working on a real person. So too does the slavery issue work. It’s also absurd that Ben—as a conservative—would bring that up since it’s usually conservatives who decry “liberal” Blacks who bring up how rough it is to be a modern Black person “because of slavery,” by saying that they (the mBp’s) couldn’t possibly know what it was like to be a slave. (I suppose we could be thankful that Ben didn’t compare the ACA to the Holocaust—though some of his like-minded associates did raise images of the Holocaust during the early debates about the ACA.)