Ben CarsonDr. Ben Carson, the talented neurosurgeon whose notoriety has skyrocketed thanks in large part of his speech at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast, is under assault from students at Johns Hopkins University for remarks regarding gay marriage.

The school’s Health and Human Rights Student Group has circulated a petition, asking that Dr. Carson be pulled from this year’s commencement line-up of speakers.

“At the time of his nomination, Dr. Carson was known to most
of us as a world-class neurosurgeon and passionate advocate for
education. Many of us had read his books and looked up to him as a
role model in our careers,” the group said. “Since then, however,
several public events have cast serious doubt on the
appropriateness of having Dr. Carson speak at our
graduation.”

Carson’s innocuous comments came on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” during a discussion on gay marriage. The issue has come to the forefront in the past week due to two cases that are in front of the Supreme Court, California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

“Marriage is between a man and a woman,” Carson said. “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.” 

Not really sure what the group circulating the petition had a problem with in regard to that quote. Remember, these are his personal views, he isn’t pushing his views on anyone else, or his school. I doubt that his remarks will even remotely address the issue.

Freedom of speech is always under attack and it seems that no one can stand up for their beliefs without being criticized and denigrated, even from within. Carson has since clarified his remarks, but only time will tell whether or not he will end up speaking. Isn’t college supposed the arena for ideas? 

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