Ben Carson Claims Prison Proves That Being Homosexual Is “Absolutely” A Choice

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Potential 2016 GOP Presidential candidate Ben Carson appeared on CNN’s New Day Wednesday morning and told host Chris Cuomo that prisons prove that being gay is a choice. In a discussion about same-sex marriage, Cuomo asked the renowned neurosurgeon if he believed homosexuality is a lifestyle choice. Carson, who in the past compared Obamacare to slavery, answered the CNN host by saying, “Absolutely!” This then led to the good doctor informing all that men engaging in homosexual activity in prison proves that being gay is a conscious lifestyle choice.

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

After Cuomo started to refute Carson’s statement, telling the Tea Party darling that there are myriad reasons why men in prison engage in homosexual activity, Carson interrupted him by stating, ”I said a lot of people who go in come out…are you denying that’s true?” Cuomo literally rolled his eyes in response to Carson, telling him he isn’t denying that happens but is “denying that is a basis of understanding homosexuality.” Undeterred, Carson, believing he totally nailed the argument, smugly said, “If that is the case, it obviously thwarts what you had just said.”

Trying to use Carson’s ‘logic’ against him, Cuomo responded by saying “a lot of drug addicts go into jail and come out criminals…does that mean all drug addicts are criminals?” However, Carson was ready to move on at this point, as he wanted to get back to the main point — denying equal rights to gay people. Earlier in the interview, he had pushed the whole ‘states’ rights’ argument that far-right conservatives love to cling to whenever it comes to denying equal rights to a group. After totally proving homosexuality is a choice, Carson then said gay people can have protections under the law, they just can’t be married.

“Why do gay people want to get married? Why do they say they want to get married? Because they want to have various rights — property rights, visitation rights. Why can’t any two human beings, I don’t care what their sexual orientation is, why can’t they have the legal right to do those things? That does not require changing the definition of marriage.”

Below is video of Carson’s interview, courtesy of CNN:



What is amazing about Carson’s comments about homosexuality being proven to be a choice because of prisons is that he is a brilliant doctor. However, even though there have been numerous scientific studies showing that homosexuality, especially in males, is clearly an ingrained trait that has a genetic component, a renowned surgeon is going to dismiss that evidence and research to glibly follow his religious and societal beliefs because that is what makes him comfortable. And he’s likely pandering to a bigoted base of conservative voters that just hate gays. There’s always that.

Anyway, another day, another ridiculous quote from Ben Carson.

34 Replies to “Ben Carson Claims Prison Proves That Being Homosexual Is “Absolutely” A Choice”

  1. Here is an example of some people being so smart until they’re stupid-either way he needs to knock it the hell off…

  2. I believe the term “educated idiot” fits Dr. Carson very well.

    If being locked up in prison can be correlated to homosexuality then why are the majority of homosexuals not dark-skinned (Black/Latino = 12.9%, Caucasian = 2.2% incarceration percentages)?

    Why aren’t the gender ratios the same? 1 in 18 (5 1/2%) men while only 1 in 89 (1.11%) women are in prison.

  3. Clearly, one can choose to be an idiot, but there is more here than that. Carson is a religious conservative, that is, someone whose life is based on childish delusion and ridiculous fabrication. It seems odd that anyone would do that until you realise that that is what authorises them to be arrogant, vain, malicious, and wilfully ignorant.

  4. And Ben Carson has also shown that being imprisoned in Conservatism makes Ignorance a “Choice” It is time for the world to face the fact that Conservatives do not have a grip on reality.

  5. As brilliant as a pediatric neurosurgeon as he was once renowned for, I can’t help but think that all of those risky surgeries that propelled him to the top of his profession must have overloaded his brain in one way or another, causing that brilliant brain to crash.

    Even if Carson’s just pandering for a good chunk of those millions of dollars from the filthy rich on the Right, it doesn’t negate the fact that he must’ve suffered some neural damage through overload, simply because there’s no way anyone with this man’s intelligence can say the idiotic things he’s been saying on all Neo-Confederate media and then be considered “sane”.

  6. The more he spews his hate-filled ignorance, the easier it is to forget that he was a renowned brain surgeon. It looks like whatever “intelligence” he possesses is confined to just one area of expertise. He is an empathy-challenged ignoramus who is also apparently a blamer of prisoners who are also rape victims. He is an embarrassment, but that’s par for the course when it comes to potential or actual GOP nominees.

  7. I can only echo the other comments here. It’s hard to reconcile the intelligence needed to propel one through a career in neurosurgery with the utter idiocy that seems to come out of his mouth on a regular basis these days.

  8. I wouldn’t allow this buffoon anywhere near me or my family to operate or treat.

    I seriously question that he’s a renowned brain surgeon as those that have built him up as a surgeon — they’re suspect. You hear the media quote his being ‘renowned’ but then we’ve watched media not do their jobs nor research and just repeat BS from others.

  9. OK wait a minute. Where is the study that says a percentage of people that go into jail come out gay? Sure I understand that some people who go into jail, especially for long terms, may engage is gay sex, but does that really mean that when they come out they prefer to continue to do that?

  10. I don’t care for the man, but his accomplishments as a neurosurgeon is documented and undisputed.

    In 1987, Carson made medical history with an operation to separate a pair of Siamese twins. The Binder twins were born joined at the back of the head. Operations to separate twins joined in this way had always failed, resulting in the death of one or both of the infants. Carson agreed to undertake the operation. A 70-member surgical team, led by Dr. Carson, worked for 22 hours. At the end, the twins were successfully separated and can now survive independently.

    Let’s not be like the hateful Neo-Confederates. As Liberals, at least give him credit where he’s earned it.

  11. Sex in prison is about power, just like rape is inside or outside prison. It has nothing to do with sexual preference.

  12. According to my African-American husband:

    If you catch – you’re a fag.
    If you pitch – you’re a man.

    Go back to Africa, Dr. fag.

  13. Apparently Dr. Carson has never heard of the term: ‘gay for the stay.’ People get lonely in prison and reach out to others while there. When they get out, they go back to their normal lifestyle. What an arse!

  14. Wikipedia seems to indicate it is 40% genetic and 60% choice.

    Wikipedia says under Biology and Sexual Orientation

    “A 2010 study of all adult twins in Sweden (more than 7,600 twins)[9] found that same-sex behavior was explained by both heritable factors and individual-specific environmental sources (such as prenatal environment, experience with illness and trauma, as well as peer groups,and sexual experiences), while influences of shared-environment variables such as familial environment and societal attitudes had a weaker, but significant effect. Women showed a statistically non-significant trend to weaker influence of hereditary effects, while men showed no effect of shared environmental effects. The use of all adult twins in Sweden was designed to address the criticism of volunteer
    studies, in which a potential bias towards participation by gay twins may influence the results;

    Biometric modeling revealed that, in men, genetic effects explained .34–.39 of the variance [of…

  15. And how did he choose to be heterosexual, if sexual orientation is a choice?

    I love him, I love her, I love him, I love her, I love him, . . . I love her!

    No wonder he retired from pediatrics.

    BTW, this is another reason for me to watch CNN-New Day, instead of Morning Joeker on MSNBC, now.

  16. He was a brilliant doctor. I believe his brush with death – very aggressive form of prostate cancer – did some damage to his brain. Maybe it was the very harsh chemo? I don’t know. Some of the stuff that comes out his mouth makes me wonder if, in fact, he has become mentally challenged.

    I read his autobiography years ago and he sounds like a completely different person.

  17. Could Mr.Carson be any dumber!!! Why do these politicians lie right to our faces knowing that most of us are not that stupid!!! Even if there are some that would believe his garbage there are MORE that know better!!!!!

  18. Fear changes people forever. His brush with his own mortality did the same thing for him that 9-11 did for many others… made him crazy, bipolar, paranoid, clinging to a man-made rule book of nonsense called “The Bible” (buy bull) and a hot mess! The 9-11 victims have a nickname: CANE = Crazy After Nine Eleven. Carson needs one: CAND = Crazy After Near Death?

  19. Ben Carson spits out the “party line”, proving two things —
    1. he’s not as educated as he should be (or claims to be) and 2. he’s a CINO.

    Years ago when a friend told me he was gay, I went to the library and studied it. I learned that homosexuality is genetic, not a “choice.” This was long before it became the “social issue” by the “TP/GOPs and so-called “Christians”, aka pseudo-Christians or CINOs (Christians in name only).

  20. LMFAO, see republicans loves them some TOKENS, because it’s the facade todays conservatives love to showcase to the rest of society, see they’ll call black and hispanics racist slurs but when one one decides to join the GOP CLOWN CAR, the good ole BOYS sticks them right out front!! BTW I don’t give a DAMN about carson being a famous surgeon!! joseph mengele was a accomplish doctor too, but a world class MONSTER!!!

  21. One would think that a Neurosurgeon would know how to actually operate a brain, I mean he does know HOW the brain works but he hasn’t a clue on how to maneuver said brain through the nuanced and complex world of reality. This is a result of bible blinders and cataracts of conservatism.

  22. I wonder if the house negro will get permission to attend the 50th anniversary commemoration since none of his party leaders will be there

    None of the top leaders — House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy or Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was once thought likely to attend to atone for reports that he once spoke before a white supremacist group — will be in Selma for the three-day event that commemorates the 1965 march and the violence that protesters faced at the hands of white police officers.

  23. I think you’re a bit confused. Homosexuality is not genetic. It has to do with how the brain is formed during gestation.

    NOBODY would ever volunteer to be hated by the “greater” society. My question to the bigots is “when did you decide to be straight?” They alway answer “it just happened.”

    Uh huh…that is exactly what gays say when asked when it hit them that they were attracted to other of their own gender.

    I’m proud of you for looking it up. I’m “straight,” but I am not afraid of gays or any other LGBT folks. It is a damned shame that so many idiots keep their fear.

  24. Ben Carson is as big a bigot as any white man ever has been.

    I’d not vote for him under any circumstances because he is a bigot, not because he is black; I’ve already voted twice for a black man.

    It just goes to show that you can educate someone and not loose their hatred for others simply over something as silly as one being gay, transgendered, etc.

  25. As a Native American minister to many; I have counseled many on this very same subject. Using the ancient logic of my people I am forced to admit that my own experience is simply from the point of view of a heterosexual;and for the life of me cannot remember WHEN I chose to be a “heterosexual”. I AM CONVINCED THAT THERE IS NO WAY that I could be compelled to CHOOSE any other way.
    One must also take into consideration that the “good Doctor” is most likely planning to run for public office. This would compel him to pander to the idiots who wish to believe that sexual orientation is a choice; but when asked they also cannot remember when they “chose their own”. He seems to me to make an excellent possible candidate; he already is willing to set aside intelligent recourse; to play the ‘sock puppet’ role.
    Good luck America; from the perspective of a Native American you seem to deserve everything you are getting lately; like the good Doctor as a candidate for example.

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