Dr. Ben Carson, the celebrated Johns Hopkins University neurosurgeon who became a GOP darling after challenging President Barack Obama‘s healthcare policy while he sat mere feet away at the National Prayer Breakfast, has withdrawn from delivering the university’s commencement address, citing negative media attention following anti-gay remarks he made during an interview with FOX’s Sean Hannity, reports Politico.com.

“Given all the national media surrounding my statements as to my belief in traditional marriage, I believe it would be in the best interests of the students for me to voluntarily withdraw as your commencement speaker this year,” he said in an email sent Wednesday to Paul Rothman, the dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins medicine. “My presence is likely to distract from the true celebratory nature of the day.”

“Commencement is about the students and their successes, and it is not about me,” he continued in the Wednesday email. “I want to make certain that remains so. Someday in the future, it is my hope and prayer that the emphasis on political correctness will decrease and we will start emphasizing rational discussion of differences so we can actually resolve problems and chart a course that is inclusive of everyone.”

As previously reported by NewsOne, the famed John Hopkins’ neurosurgeon compared consenting homosexual relationships with pedophilia and bestiality:

“My thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman. 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…”


NAMBLA is the acronym for the North American Man/Boy Love Association which advocates for societal acceptance of “intergenerational” sexual relationships between men and boys.

In a follow-up interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Carson claims that he was not equating the three things by using a perplexing fruit analogy:

“What I was basically saying and if anyone was offended, I apologize to you. What I was basically saying is there is no group. I wasn’t equating those things, I don’t think they’re equal. If you ask me for an apple and I give you an orange you would say, that’s not an orange. And I say, that’s a banana. And that’s not an apple either. Or a peach, that’s not an apple, either. It doesn’t mean that I’m equating the banana and the orange and the peach. In the same way I’m not equating those things.”

When Dr. Carson became aware of a widely circulated student petition requesting that he be uninvited as speaker for the commencement because of his remarks, despite the unwavering support of John Hopkins’ administration, he said that he didn’t want to rain on their day and if the students’ didn’t want him there, then he wouldn’t speak.

Well, it looks as if they got their wish.

Originally seen on NewsOne.com 

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6 thoughts on “Dr. Carson Withdraws From John Hopkins’ Commencement Ceremony [VIDEO]

  1. Marion Collins on said:

    You have now made TWO “2” very big mistakes. If you were ever planning to run for office, you have shown yourself to be very soft and unable to truly stand up for what you believe. You are showing yourself to be a fence rider, a politician who doesn’t want to step on toes and an apologetic. You should have never apologized for your remakes on Fox, but stuck to your guns that they had twisted your words and countered with proof of the fact, playing it over and over again. Now you have withdrawn because of something else you didn’t do. You have apologized, time and time again form them ,TWISTING YOUR WORDS, and you just made it worse by caving again. I thought you might be what we were looking for, but it looks slimmer and slimmer every time I see a report on you. Buck up and be the MAN, you have been claiming to be. Do you think the Founding Fathers would have caved like you? They would have called them out to a duel and God would have made them win those duels.

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  3. Someday in the future, it is my hope and prayer that the emphasis on political correctness will decrease and we will start emphasizing rational discussion of differences so we can actually resolve problems and chart a course that is inclusive of everyone.”

    I agree with that. I am tired of everyone always apologizing for every opinion that they have. Sometimes people are going to say things you don’t agree with, or like. This is America and it is what it is. Everyone does not agree with practicing homosexuality, and/or gay marriage. Why ask someone their opinion and then when it is given it’s a problem. Should he have lied about how he felt?

    • That’s the different between you and others. He’s a public figure and you’re not….duh!

      You make a stupid statement no one cares.

      • He may be a public figure but he still is allowed to have an opinion. Don’t ask the question if you don’t want the answer. Here is a quote for you…”People who don’t stand for something will fall for anything”…[paraphrasing]

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