Dr. Ben Carson's TV remarks on gay marriage come under fire at Johns Hopkins

Surgeon's remarks on Fox News called "insulting" and "half-baked"

March 28, 2013|By David Zurawik | The Baltimore Sun

The comparison of gays to members of the North American Boy/Man Love Association and those who engage in bestiality has set off a backlash of criticism in the media, online and now on campus.

In a written statement sent Thursday to Media Matters, a liberal media watchdog organization, Shepard said Carson's comments to Hannity make the famed surgeon "look nasty, petty, and ill-informed."

Shepard, an associate professor in the Department of History, further described Carson as "...insulting, offhand, and ill-informed in the comparison he makes to bestiality, Nambla, etc. Half-baked history and insults, then, are where he wants to stake his tent."

That is not mainstream thinking, Shepard asserts.

"The vast majority of Americans are open to judging this question of equal rights to marry on the basis of the evidence, in a process of open discussion," he said in his statement to Media Matters. "As they've seen the evidence, most have moved away from the hysterical and de-humanizing arguments to which Dr. Carson still clings. He is welcome to put them out there. I and others can now judge him on those statements. It makes him look bad. But such reactionary and rancid claims do remind us of how far the general discussion has advanced beyond Dr. Carson and his far-right audience."

Attempts to reach Carson Thursday night were unsuccessful.

Stay tuned as I try to confirm other reports of criticism and condemnation among other members of faculty and staff at Johns Hopkins for Carson's remarks.

Here's a link to Media Matter's full release.

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