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"Do you think I chose to be gay?" Amazon to Ben Carson

“Do you think I chose to be gay?” Amazon to Ben Carson

There was an Amazon woman in a town hall meeting as retired neurosurgeon and Republican Presidential runner, Ben Carson, took questions from the crowd.  Now, Carson is a soft-spoken Seventh Day Adventist and frequently whispered that homosexuality is “absolutely” a choice.  In New York city, a real live lesbian took advantage of the television and other media coverage.  “Do you think I chose to be gay?” she asked him.

Carson who constantly retracts his homophobia, evaded her with a condescending, “That’s a long conversation.”  Carson should know better than to take on an Amazon lesbian.  She promptly told him, “I think you’re full of shit!”  This woman was wearing a Pride Center of Staten Island T-shirt. (Staten Island is a borough of New York city).

How Can a Bright Man Be So Uninformed?

Carson believes the Bible in that the earth and its creatures were created in seven days.  He denies scientific evolution .  He believes in the ‘right to discriminate’ so that bakers and wedding planners can deny business to same-sex couples.  And he really has a sick sense of joking.  He stated that it was not wise for gay couples to insist on a deeply religious person baking them a wedding cake because “It is really not all that smart because they might put poison in that cake.

Carson later told Fox News that those who took offense at his joke — which used poisoning same-sex couples as a punch line — were being “immature.”

Carson: A Man to Reverse Human Rights

An opponent of same-sex marriage, Carson has  signed a pledge  to back a U.S. constitutional amendment to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage and another pledge to push within his first 100 days as President, the passage of the First Amendment Defense Act, a religious freedom bill seen to enable anti-LGBT discrimination.

During an interview on CNN television in March,2015,  Carson said he “absolutely” thinks being gay is a choice.

“A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight and when they come out, they’re gay,” Carson said. “So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”

After outcry from LGBT advocates over his response, Carson issued in a statement to apologize, saying he “realized that my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues.”

“I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation,” Carson said. “I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended.”

Carson Needs to Ponder These Statements

 

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Carson and other homophobic persons need to stop the “I believe in traditional or Biblical marriage” statements.  The Bible is full of privileged men having many wives

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Marriage, originally, was the sale of a woman to a neighboring family as a slave. In fact, they often paid the other family money to take the woman off their hands, because, though she ate, she couldn’t till the family fields like the men could.

They were sold to be good “brood mares” and unpaid domestic help.

The reality of “traditional” marriage is that families used female children to cement relationships, finalize defense pacts, make more money, or just get rid of the female children, as the Chinese and other cultures used to do, drowning their female offspring in the nearest body of water.

The idea that it’s a sanctified religious thing only came about so that priests could hold even more power over inheritance, to ensure that legacies came to the church, not to children or wives. That’s the same reason the Catholic Church instituted celibacy, to make sure that priests could not leave heirs with claims on their family wealth.

Using the Bible Against Interracial Marriage

How soon Mr. Carson forgets that less than 50 years ago, mixed races were not allowed to marry in the US until the Supreme Court stepped in. I’m sure there are many businesses today who would refuse service to black couples and couples of mixed race. But that (and many other facts) seems to allude Mr. Carson.   And Mr Carson, when did you choose to be a black person?

Deuteronomy 7:3

You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons  (This may have referred to non-Jews, but this passage has been used for racial purity)

 “The Highest allotted the races when He divided the sons of man, fixing the bounds of the nations.”
(Deut. 32:8, Ferrar Fenton Trans.)

paula’s final comments:  The Bible can be used by homosexuals or straights to prove points.  As a lesbian, my favourite scriptural passage is from John 1: “God is Love.”

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