March 4, 2015 12:00 pm -

This is a man who is a scientist.

Appearing on CNN’s “New Day,” the potential GOP presidential candidate told host Chris Cuomo that the fight for marriage equality bore no resemblance to the civil rights struggle in part because people have “no control” of their race. That prompted Cuomo to ask whether Carson believed homosexuality is a choice.

“Absolutely,” Carson replied. “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,” he added.

Cuomo pushed back against Carson’s assertion, but Carson maintained that his example “thwarts” the idea that being gay isn’t a choice.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

52 responses to Ben Carson: Homosexuality Is A Choice ‘Because A Lot Of People Who Go Into Prison Straight…Come Out…Gay

  1. arc99 March 4th, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I think Dr. Carson is wrong in no uncertain terms.

    But so what if being gay is a choice? The first amendment protects five fundamental rights. All of those rights are choices, e.g. freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, and freedom to petition for redress of greivances.

    Since the inception of our republic, protecting choices has been one of America’s guiding principles. Even if being gay is a “choice”, it is entirely irrelevant to the question of whether people are equal under the law.

    • tracey marie March 4th, 2015 at 1:02 pm


    • burqa March 4th, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Hear hear!
      Political beliefs are likewise a choice, but is Carson opening the door to denying fundamental rights to one’s political opponents?

      ……………………………………………..looks like it to me…………………….

    • fahvel March 5th, 2015 at 4:54 am

      so so right – and this is one factor that is pushing people outside the usa into a serious position of questioning the us’ integrity.

  2. William March 4th, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Well that’s certainly an interesting theory.
    Guess what else is true about prison?
    Analogies are fun eh?

    • StoneyCurtisll March 4th, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      I’m going to have to do more in depth research into pornography to see if you assertions are true…:)

      • burqa March 4th, 2015 at 7:17 pm

        In your research, one hopes you will not overlook appeals to God in the heat of the action….

      • William March 5th, 2015 at 9:37 am

        Just make sure you wear your medi-alert bracelet.

  3. AmusedAmused March 4th, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Sounds like a perfect argument for reducing incarceration rates.

    • jybarz March 4th, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Yes. But, even though the GOP is homophobic, they still are also racists and want the blacks to populate the prisons.

    • fahvel March 5th, 2015 at 4:52 am

      maybe just incarcerate the real criminals like bushchaney et al.

  4. tiredoftea March 4th, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Sometimes, words just fail…

  5. tracey marie March 4th, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    and this is the smart teabagger

  6. Bunya March 4th, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    And Ben Carson knows this how? Personal experience?

  7. whatthe46 March 4th, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    and tweens that have never been to prison, who will attest they’ve felt that way ever since they can remember?

  8. FatRat March 4th, 2015 at 2:07 pm
    I learned that the Scientific Method has multiple steps.
    1. Observation
    2. Hypothesis
    3. Prediction
    4. Experimentation
    5. Conclusion
    It appears that Carson has gone from a vague observation and started talking directly out of his ass.

  9. Roctuna March 4th, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Being a victim of homosexual rape does not make you gay.

    • Khary A March 4th, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Im sorry what is that stuff coming from your mouth…it smells like common sense and mint.

      • Roctuna March 4th, 2015 at 7:58 pm

        Minty fresh sense! There’s a slogan the dems should adopt.

  10. William March 4th, 2015 at 2:48 pm


    • jybarz March 4th, 2015 at 3:13 pm


    • fahvel March 5th, 2015 at 4:51 am

      and improve it too – thus making one ashamed of their own decorating skills – hence, homophobia.

  11. Larry Schmitt March 4th, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    So tell me, “Doctor,” what day did you choose to be heterosexual?

  12. pinballsdoll March 4th, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    ignoramus of the day

  13. jybarz March 4th, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Maybe a smart doctor, but so stupid on everything else.

    • jasperjava March 5th, 2015 at 12:29 am

      There’s no way I would let him operate on me.

      A doctor who doesn’t believe in science? Stay away!

    • fahvel March 5th, 2015 at 4:50 am

      why assume he’s a smart doctor?

  14. Snick1946 March 4th, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Some of the most ignorant, hateful garbage I have ever heard about Gay issues has come from the mouths of Black People. I have no idea why this is- maybe they are so hot-wired for fundamentalist religion that this overrides their view of the world. .

    • Khary A March 4th, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      If only I had the time to explain everything wrong with this statement.

      • Snick1946 March 4th, 2015 at 7:03 pm

        I meant no offense. I am not a racist as anyone who takes time to look up all my prior comments could see. I think it is indisputable that there is an attitude issue in some sectors of the black community toward this issue, perhaps fueled by sincere religious convictions. I did not mean ALL black Americans are bigoted toward Gays. that would be a ridiculous allegation, demonstratively false. I thought what I said was clear in that regard, apparently not.
        My heartfelt apology to anyone who felt offended, but I stand by my statement.

        • burqa March 4th, 2015 at 7:13 pm

          There are black bigots and white bigots. There are tall bigots and short bigots. There are overweight bigots and skinny bigots. There are European bigots and Asian bigots. There are African bigots and American bigots. There are blonde, brunette and red-headed bigots.
          I wish I had a nickel for every time I pointed out in this forum that human nature is not bound by race, nationality, sex, ethnic background or beliefs on spiritual matters.

        • fahvel March 5th, 2015 at 4:49 am

          standing by it still leaves you as a bigot.

          • Snick1946 March 5th, 2015 at 10:59 am

            No it doesn’t. Not any more than pointing out that many predominately white evangelicals oppose it.
            You do not know me or anything about me.
            I made an observation about a vocal segment in the Black community that tends to support the views of people who are their enemies in many other areas and commented on the irony of it. Stop looking for stuff to be offended at.

    • arc99 March 4th, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      I am 62 years old, soon to be 63 in a couple of months. I have been black that entire time. Hateful garbage about gay people has come from people of all races and ethnicities.

      Some of the most ignorant hateful garbage I have ever heard about black issues has come from the mouths of people who are not black.

      Here is some news about another black person that you may have missed. It comes from someone who had a front row seat to bigotry in America.

      She asked Loving about how she and her husband endured their setbacks; Loving told her that she didn’t understand why two people who loved each other could not be married and express their love publicly. She talked, as she always did, about how much she loved Richard and what a kind, gentle man he was. On her own, she talked to her neighbors about the request; she talked to her children about it. And in the end, Loving told Etienne, yes, she would allow the group to read a statement in her name supporting gay marriage at the commemoration. “Are you sure you understand what you’re saying?” Etienne asked. “You understand that you’re putting your name behind the idea that two men or two women should have the right to marry each other?”

      “I understand it,” Loving said, “and I believe it.”

      • burqa March 4th, 2015 at 7:07 pm

        That gets right to the heart of it. Thanks a lot, arc99, I’m saving a link to that article.
        I am not positive, but I think there is a plaque honoring the Lovings at the Bowling Green courthouse in Caroline County.

        I believe the passage from the Loving v. Virginia case will prove crucial in future Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage.
        Here’s a link:

  15. Maxx44 March 4th, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    When is someone going to ask to see this guy’s diploma? He cannot possibly be a licensed physician.

    • Larry Schmitt March 4th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      And insist on the long form.

      • StoneyCurtisll March 4th, 2015 at 6:47 pm

        Lets send trumps team of investigators to “find the truth”..:)

        • whatthe46 March 4th, 2015 at 7:57 pm


  16. Suzanne McFly March 4th, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    This guy is even making idiots do a face palm.

  17. burqa March 4th, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Well well well, Carson has thrown his hat in the ring and shown the depth of his seriousness about winning the nomination with this ration of dumbass. To get the nomination, of course, a candidate must win the Right Wing Dunce Contest and Carson is off to a good start, leaping over 7 candidates to unseat Alan Keyes in 20th place.
    So the question arises, can Carson come up with enough stupidity to claw his way to the top? The competition is tough, but there’s plenty of time, so who knows?

    Let’s go to the leaderboard for an update on the top 20 in the Right Wing Dunce Contest!:

    1) Michele Bachmann
    2) Mitt Romney
    3) Nyewt Gingrich
    4) Steven King
    5) greasy-haired Rand Paul

    6) Sarah Palin
    7) Rick Santorum
    8) Donald Trump
    9) Peter King
    10 Rooty Giuliani

    11) Herm Cain
    12) Christine O’ Donnell
    13) Louis Gohmert
    14) Paul Ryan
    15) Joe (not the musician) Walsh

    16) Eric Cantor
    17) Tim Pawlenty
    18) Allen West
    19) Todd Akin
    20) Ben Carson

    • StoneyCurtisll March 4th, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      I think Ben Carson just blew his wad..(metaphorically speaking)

      • fahvel March 5th, 2015 at 4:46 am

        thanks for the clarification but I think his wad has been well described by my comment above.

    • granpa.usthai March 5th, 2015 at 12:54 am

      so, Michelle is back on top!
      that’s OK
      she ain’t that bad looking for being a scrawny mid-west girl.

    • fahvel March 5th, 2015 at 4:46 am

      without a guardien, they could compose two really cool football teams – neither side wins.

      • burqa March 5th, 2015 at 5:36 am

        Yes indeed. And remember, the judges decided to only post the top 20. There are 7 more contenders for the nomination…

  18. StoneyCurtisll March 4th, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    I almost feel sorry for Carson..

    • whatthe46 March 4th, 2015 at 7:49 pm


    • fahvel March 5th, 2015 at 4:44 am

      we had a large rat in the yard – it had a large tumor growing on its side. Tumor burst and some rather distasteful tacky liquid shot out – somewhat like the ideas this carson espouses.

  19. Obewon March 4th, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Dinesh D’Souza / Birther Ben Carson’16~ Ben Carson: Homosexuality Is A Choice ‘Because Dinesh went into a Prison half-way house almost straight…Came out as uncloseted L, G, B & T!’

  20. granpa.usthai March 5th, 2015 at 12:52 am

    what if a lot of them were gay then came out while in prison –

  21. fahvel March 5th, 2015 at 4:43 am

    is there anyone out there who has admitted to being treated by this dimwit when he might have practised medecine?