It is very easy to stand on the sidelines or backstage and criticize an athlete or performer. She dipped here; she leaned too far there. He did not get his second foot down; he did not keep possession throughout the catch. Though we could never perform such feats, we can point out the failures of others. The same could be said for us looking at political candidates. Yet there may be something to the criticism Ben Carson has recently received.
The Christian Post reports
In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, the 63-year-old conservative was asked whether he felt that homosexuals had control over their behavior and whether they have the “choice” to be gay. Carson responded twice saying “absolutely” and provided gay prisoners who went into prison as straight as an example.
“Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay,” Carson contended. “So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”
Carson in typical fashion was very confident of his answer and even engaged Cuomo on the issue. He was firm and held his ground. But then the sun rose on his comments and the backlash hit. This was when the former neurosurgeon retracted somewhat.
“In a recent interview on CNN, I realized that my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues,” Carson wrote on Facebook. “I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended.”
Yet, this was not a complete retraction. Carson could have sold the farm on the issue and stated that he was wrong. Rather, he gave a half retraction. He said that he should not have said what he said, but he did not say that what he said was wrong. In fact, he said this.
The Post further reported
“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,” Carson asserted. “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.”
This is not as strong as some would like, but it is not an untrue statement. It is also to be noted that this episode has forced Carson to clarify his stance on this issue. He explained
“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,” Carson wrote. “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.”
This puts conservatives in a position to support or resist Carson. We as Christians know that homosexuality is wrong and that sodomite unions are wrong. We want our representatives to outlaw this abominable practice. But, the idea that a man would push the issue back to the states does not sit well with conservatives. But this kind of stance is what we want. Even the liberal state of California outlawed sodomite unions. This also is the Constitutional stance. It is not within the Federal Government’s range of powers to speak one way or another on sodomite unions.
The problem I have with this is how serious if Carson really? Will he stand in the face of criticism and do the right thing? He seems to have backed down, at least on this issue.