Last week I highlighted the increased attacks being leveled against Dr. Ben Carson by those on the Left. Liberals are generally intolerant of conservatives as it is, but being an African American conservative seems to outrage them all the more.
Unfortunately the attacks against Dr. Ben Carson took a saddening turn at the end of last week when he became targeted by his own students at John Hopkins University. Dr. Carson was scheduled to give the commencement address at the John Hopkins School of Medicine diploma ceremony. After I asked Dr. Carson about his position on gay marriage on Hannity last week, in the context of the Supreme Court hearings on Prop 8 and DOMA, his liberal students were apparently offended by his answer. The offending remarks were as follows: “Well, 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.” Since making that remark, John Hopkins students began circulating a petition to have Dr. Carson removed as their commencement speaker. Dr. Carson has said that he would withdraw from speaking at the ceremony. He has also since apologized for the remarks and clarified the point he was trying to make. He told the Baltimore Sun, “... perhaps the examples were not the best choice of words, and I certainly apologize if I offended anyone. But the point that I was making was that no group of individuals, whoever they are, whatever their belief systems, gets to change traditional definitions." Johns Hopkins University is standing by Dr. Carson.
Dr. Carson is an admirable and gracious person, and I have a great deal of respect for his professionalism and his opinions. He is an expert in one of the most complicated and delicate fields in medicine, something to be commended and admired. He is an eloquent communicator and his life story is an inspiring example of the American dream. The fact that liberals, even among his own students, are willing to castigate him because of his differing political beliefs is saddening, to say the least. The country needs more Ben Carsons and it needs more people who are willing to be open-minded to all beliefs, including conservative principles. The Left doesn't get to decide what is acceptable and what isn't in our discourse.