During a CNN interview Wednesday, Dr. Ben Carson proved once again why he should never be taken seriously outside the world of neurosurgery, where he rightfully occupies exalted status. Anchor Chris Cuomo asked the aspirant for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination about same-sex marriage. Carson gave his usual answer about how we should follow the Constitution and how homosexuality is nothing like race and how being gay or lesbian is a choice. But it was the example he used to illustrate his “choice” point that revealed how “Gifted Hands” has a deranged mind.

CUOMO:  What if the  people of the state vote for a law 100 to 0 that winds up infringing on the rights of a minority – like happened very often with slavery, like many would argue is happening now with people who are gay?
CARSON: AND our Constitution was followed and we corrected those things.
CUOMO: And isn’t that what’s happening now with same-sex marriage? It’s being corrected as a form of violation of equal protection.
CARSON: No. You can’t just say because it happened that way this time this is the same situation. It’s not the same situation.
CUOMO: Why not?
CARSON: Because people have no control over their race, for instance.
CUOMO: You think they have control over their sexuality?
CARSON: Absolutely.
CUOMO: You think being gay is a choice?
CARSON: Absolutely.
CUOMO: Why do you say that?
CARSON: Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight and when they come out they’re gay. So did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.

Have you lifted yourself of the floor yet? I guess Carson figured the fruit analogy he used with Andrea Mitchell in 2013 wasn’t dumb enough. Invoking the violence of prison rape to blithely buttress his warped thinking about gay people is beneath contempt. Carson neither knows nor cares to know the real lives of LGBT people.

One other point. Of course, race and sexual orientation aren’t the same thing. But only the willfully blind and ignorant refuse to see that the quest for equality, dignity and equal protection as guaranteed by the Constitution is a shared struggle for civil rights by African Americans and their fellow LGBT Americans. That Carson can’t see this is further proof that he doesn’t deserve to be the chief defender of our sacred founding document as president of the United States.

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