Dr. Ben Carson — the brilliant neurosurgeon and staunch conservative who appears to have his eye on a possible presidental run — says he will never, ever be intimidated into silence by critics who attack him for his beliefs.
“We were supposed to be a country that had freedom of speech right there as one of the shining crowns,’’ Carson told Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.’’
“So many people have contacted me and say they totally support me but they’re afraid to say anything because they might have retribution.’’
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Carson, director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, came under fire after an interview on Fox News in which he argued that marriage is between a man and a woman — period.
“No group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA [the North American Man/Boy Love Association], be they people who believe in bestiality, it doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition,’’ Carson said.
Angered by the comment, medical students at Johns Hopkins University — where Carson is set to give a commencement speech— asked for the invitation to be withdrawn. Carson later apologized, saying he had been “somewhat insensitive,’’ but also misunderstood.
Carson, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in 2008, told Steve Malzberg he believes that some people who disagree with him hope he’ll simply go away if the pressure becomes too great.
“Of course, it’s not going to work, but I understand that that’s what they’re trying to do,’’ Carson said.
“They’re hoping that I’ll just tuck my tail between my legs and run and hide off in some corner. What they don’t know is that it just encourages me and makes me realize that the voice is absolutely needed out there.’’
Carson said he was encouraged on Tuesday when he heard a student interviewed on TV about starting a pro-life organization on campus.
“And when queried about it, she said, ‘Well, Dr. Ben Carson said we should stop being silent and we should speak out for what we believed,’’’ Carson said.
“If we could get something like that going all the way across the country, if people can stop being intimidated and be willing to actually stand up and be counted, then America can become what it was supposed to be.’’
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