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Ben Carson: It’s Time to Stand Up to Politically Correct Bullies.

American people are too afraid, in this time of political correctness, to stand up and speak for what they believe, says Dr. Ben Carson, the renowned neurosurgeon and conservative commentator.

“It’s time for people to stand up and proclaim for what they believe and stop being bullied,” said Carson, a potential contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, at Saturday’s Conservative Political Action Conference.

Editor’s Note: Ben Carson in 2016? See His Vision. 

Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said that most people in this country have common sense, but “the problem is, they have been beaten into submission” by the “PC police,” and are afraid to speak up for what they believe.

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“I thought last year when I retired that I would learn to play the organ, and learn some new languages and play golf,” said Carson. “I think the good Lord had a different plan. I’m not sure what the culmination of that plan is, but I am having a good time as I go all all over the country. Enormous crowds coming out, like they’re saying ‘finally, there is someone with common sense.’ But I’m not the only one.”

He said he’s often asked if he misses practicing medicine, but he said he does not miss what it has become.

“The most important thing people have is their healthcare,” Carson said. “We need to fight to see that that stays in their hands and not in the hands of the government.”

But being a doctor did prepare him for “out-of-the-box” thinking and controversy.

“The difference in medicine was, we talked about it,” said Carson. “When the facts were shown, people made adjustments. That does not happen in the political world because you are dealing with ideologues.”

But Carson told the enthusiastic audience members — some of whom were waving “Run Ben Run” signs — that he hates political correctness and he will continue to defy the “PC police” who try to shut him up, saying he finds them “pretty amusing.”

“I still believe marriage is between a man and a woman,” said Carson. “They said ‘Carson said gay marriage and bestiality are the same thing.’ That’s preposterous, and anybody who says that is a dummy, and anybody who believes someone who said someone said that is a dummy.”

“Of course gay people should have the same rights as everybody else,” he said. “But they shouldn’t get extra rights.”

Carson also took offense to reports that claimed he said Obamacare is the worst thing since slavery.

“Of course they’re not the same thing. Slavery was much worse. But bear in mind, what happens with Obamacare is that we the people have shifted the power of the government,” said Carson. “This is the most massive shift of power that has ever occurred. We need to put the power back in the hands of the people and make sure it stays there.”

Carson said that it’s important for the American people to understand where such accusations come from, “the rule book for radicals, to never have a conversation with your enemies because it humanizes them.”

The retired doctor noted that he’s been invited by another physician, Dr. Melanie Cooper, to speak at her banquet in Atlanta, and organizations are calling for a boycott because Carson is coming to it, and “they say they don’t want him spreading his poison.

“Would that be the poison of self reliance and self respect that people should have?” said Carson. “Would that be the poison of telling people in minority communities that they need to learn how to turn over the dollar a few times, and they should reach back and pull others up with you … they won’t have to depend on anybody else?”

Or, “would that be the poison of talking about how education is the key, and you don’t have to be the victim. And that the most important person in your future is you.”

Maybe, though, Carson said, it could be the “poison of putting what God says in front of what any man says.”

In addition to fighting political correctness, people need to fight against the constantly rising national debt.

“We have a $17.5 trillion national debt,” said Carson, noting that even if the debt was paid off at $10 million a day, it would take 4,700 yeas to pay it off.

“We are killing the next generation,” said Carson. “We have to know who our reps are and the ones who are voting to keep raising that debt ceiling vote and keep them out of office.”

Editor’s Note: Ben Carson in 2016? See His Vision. 

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

Time to Stand Up to Gay Censors.

Michael Brown
Michael Brown

Since we all agree, as followers of Jesus, that bullying is wrong, it’s time we stand up to the gay bullies who are trying to put us in the closet and take away our freedoms of speech, conscience and religion.

Consider for a moment that Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty could have said in his GQ interview, “I think you’ve got to be crazy to be a polygamist,” or, “In my opinion, polyamory is just another word for adultery,” or, “A man who sleeps with lots of different women is no better than an animal,” and there would have been no reaction from A&E and no outcry from the gay censors.

Consider also that his comments about pre-entitlement black Americans were considered highly offensive by many, but these comments did not prompt A&E to take action, as I pointed out in my interview on Piers Morgan. (If you missed the interview, I encourage you to take 15 minutes to watch.)

Rather, it was comments about homosexuality that crossed the forbidden line, comments that, when read in context, although crude, simply expressed biblical perspectives. And that was more than gay censors like GLAAD and the HRC could tolerate.

The truth is that GLAAD has been on a campaign for years to censor all opposing viewpoints, as I noted in March 2012: “This sums up the duplicity of GLAAD: It urges the media to beware of conservative Christian leaders like [the late] Chuck Colson, Maggie Gallagher, and Tony Perkins [and me too!], even calling on CNN to ban some of them from appearing on their shows, and then gives its first Outstanding Blog award to the JoeMyGod website, famous for entries like this one … [stating that] ‘God is SUPER busy killing babies and giving people cancer.’ And this earns praise from GLAAD. …

“And for those who claim that GLAAD is not trying to engage in censorship, note well that at the end of 2010, GLAAD launched a petition drive urging ‘CNN to Make a New Year’s Resolution: Keep Away From the Anti-Gay Industry.’ Yes, said GLAAD, ‘It’s time for outlets to finally drop several hundred pounds of unhealthy weight, which they’ve been carrying around for years, in the form of anti-gay activists. … CNN and the rest of the media are doing nothing but exposing their viewers to dangerous anti-gay rhetoric when they invite members of these anti-gay groups onto their programming. Starting in 2011, this needs to stop.’”

GLAAD even asks its constituents to alert them if people like me (or Jim Daly of Focus on the Family or psychiatrist and Fox News contributor Keith Ablow or political consultant Gary Bauer or Princeton professor Robert George, among many others) appear on the mainstream media.

GLAAD is undeniably in the business of censorship, which is why I believe they should be called the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Disagreement rather than the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

Most recently, GLAAD commended comedian Bob Newhart for canceling a scheduled appearance at a Catholic businessmen’s event sponsored by the Legatus Summit.

According to GLAAD, “It is possible that Newhart, like many people were unaware that Legatus was such a rabid anti-LGBT organization. The organization was created by former Domino’s Pizza CEO, Thomas Monaghan, for Roman Catholic businesspeople, and membership is only available to top level executives.”

Yes, the Legatus Summit’s website states that it was established to “bring together the three key areas of a Catholic business leader’s life—Faith, Family and Business—connecting two powerful realities, the challenge of top-tier business leadership and a religious tradition second to none.” How utterly nefarious!

The website also states, “Undergirded by their parish and diocesan life and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Legatus nurtures an interior transformation as members grow in their love for Christ and fidelity to the teachings of his Church. They become genuine ambassadors who study, live and spread the Catholic faith.”

And GLAAD commends Newhart for canceling his scheduled appearance. How dare he crack jokes for committed Catholics!

Even more remarkably, GLAAD’s actions come at a time when the Advocate, the flagship gay publication, named Pope Francis its man of the year for his softer tone toward gays.

But this was not good enough for GLAAD, which represents the new face of “tolerance” and “diversity,” the face of unabashed censorship in the name of gay rights.

This censorship and bullying will only get worse unless we make a determination to stand for what is right and speak the truth in love, regardless of cost or consequence, recognizing that our strategy of appeasement (which has often been a cover-up for our spinelessness and fear of man) has failed miserably.

The reality is that in the last 12 months, it is not just private individuals who have been punished for refusing to bow the knee to gay activism or for speaking out of turn, but also public figures like Dr. Ben Carsonpastor Louie Giglio, and Sen. Rick Santorum. (In case you missed what happened with Mr. Santorum, in April, a Michigan high school canceled his speaking appearance out of concern that he would address same-sex marriage, eventually agreeing to let him speak with the caveat that students could only attend with parental permission [!]. In stark contrast, Bible-bashing, gay-sex-exalting speakers like Dan Savage are hailed as heroes in our schools and campuses, given carte blanche to talk about the most vile subjects to our young people.)

Now the gay censors have tried to bully the ultrapopular (and, yes, backwoods, Bible-thumping) Phil Robertson, which for many finally means that enough is enough, a conclusion which is long overdue.

It really is high time that we draw a line in the sand and refuse to capitulate or bow down, following the Jesus principle that we find our lives by losing them (Matt. 10:39).

This does not require name-calling or rightwing rhetoric or anger on our part. To the contrary, “Human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires” (James 1:20, NIV).

Rather, our stand for righteousness requires a heart in tune with the Lord and His Word, a life of personal purity without hypocrisy, and a genuine love for LGBT individuals, whose lives we protect and defend even while stating that homosexual practice is sin, that gay marriage is not truly marriage, and that God has a better way.

We really have no choice, and, as I’ve said many times before, either we stand up and do what is right today or we apologize to our kids and grandkids tomorrow.

What will it be?


Michael Brown is author of Hyper-Grace: Exposing the Dangers of the Modern Grace Message and host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show The Line of Fire on the Salem Radio Network. He is also president of FIRE School of Ministry and director of the Coalition of Conscience. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or at @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.

Ben Carson: I Can’t Find a Doctor Who Likes Obamacare.

Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson says he’s been having “great difficulty” finding doctors who have anything good to say about Obamacare.

He told Fox News Channel’s Stuart Varney that he’s spoken to hundreds of doctors throughout the country about the Affordable Care Act, and not one of them “liked” President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

Asked if doctors are “in favor” of the huge changes in the health insurance system,
Carson that if they are “they’re hiding from me, because I travel all over the country and talk to a lot of groups — including lots of doctors — and I’m having a great difficulty finding anybody who likes this.

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“It’s profoundly affecting what they are doing,” Carson said. “People didn’t sign up to become government employees. They signed up because they were intellectually gifted and wanted to use those gifts, to bring health to their patients, not to satisfy some bureaucrat.”

The retired pediatric neurosurgeon, who is considering a White House run as a Republican in 2016, also slammed the rocky rollout of Obamacare’s website, comparing the disaster to the time he took part in the first ever surgery to separate twins conjoined at the head.

“It requires real planning,” he said. “You have to get experts. You have to realize that you aren’t the expert at everything, but that you have to have access to them and you have to know how to coordinate them. Why they weren’t able to do this with something that is one sixth of our economy makes you scratch your head.”

Carson, who retired in May from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, first made a name for himself amongst Republicans in February when he attacked the president’s policies during his keynote address at the White House Prayer Breakfast, with Obama sitting just a few feet away.

In October, he told the conservative Values Voter Summit in Washington that Obamacare is “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”

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When Varney asked him whether he planned to run for the White House, Dr. Carson hedged around the issue. But earlier this month he told Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg that while he never expected to seek public office, “the good Lord had a different plan for me.”

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By Drew MacKenzie

Ben Carson: Doctors Risk Being Government Employees Under ACA.

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By Greg Richter

One of the reasons the private medical practice is disappearing is that the costs of the new Obamacare rules are so onerous, Dr. Ben Carson said Tuesday on Fox News Channel’sOn the Record with Greta Van Susteren.

“We are in the process of making doctors government employees,” he said. “You need to be under the umbrella of a hospital or a big medical system.”

Dr. Stephen Kiteck, of Somerset, Ky., also appeared on the program to discuss the newspaper ad he took out announcing he is quitting his practice because of the policies of Obamacare.

Kiteck told Van Susteren he is about five years away from retirement anyway, and doesn’t want to invest in converting all his paper files to electronic, as required by the Affordable Care Act.

Carson said he was not surprised at Kiteck’s decision. It costs a lot to upgrade, and records are accessible to people you may not want seeing them.

The law even hits world-class institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, which have been cut out of many networks. Funds are being parceled out to those institutions as they jump through certain hoops, Carson said.

“I don’t know how this ever happened to us. This is America, and we’ve allowed this to happen,” Carson said. “I’m not giving up. I think there’s a very good chance we can reverse this and that we can start doing things the way we’ve done them in the past.”

Carson, thought to be considering a 2016 presidential run, wants to bring back free enterprise and competition that drives innovation.

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Dr. Ben Carson on Presidential Bid: The Good Lord Has a Plan.

Renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson inched closer to declaring a 2016 run for the White House on Thursday, saying that while he never expected to seek public office, “the good Lord had a different plan for me.”

Asked by Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV about several grass-roots campaigns to draft him for a presidential run on the Republican ticket, Carson said:

“As far as my running for public office, that was never my intention. I thought when I retired I was going to play golf and learn how to play an organ.

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“But, obviously, the good Lord had a different plan for me. I will obviously listen, but that is not what I really had intended to do.”

Carson, the former chief for pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, said his goal is to “make sure the American people have their eyes open and recognize what’s happening and understand that we the people are not each other’s enemies.

“The enemies are those people jerking everybody’s chains and trying to make them think they’re enemies and driving in wedges at particular … to divide and conquer.”

Carson opposes President Barack Obama’s ongoing call for a $2.85 hike in the federal minimum wage, which currently stands at $7.25 an hour, or around $15,000 a year.

“No one should expect to start out making a lot of money … I worked many, many jobs as a youngster growing up in Detroit. Many of them didn’t even pay minimum wage but what they did pay me was an opportunity for me to gain significant experience,” Carson said.

“In one case, I took a job as a lab assistant at my high school but I learned enough that I was able to compete successfully against college kids for a lab position at a university when I was still in high school. I couldn’t have gotten that if I hadn’t done the various low-wage jobs.

He said Americans need to “recognize that there’s an actual progression that occurs as you make yourself more valuable.

“But you have to have some place to start and if we make that learning place a point where employers have to pay you more than you actually bring to the job … what that is doing is hurting particularly our young people. They need a place to start. So we have to be able to look at the big picture.”

Carson also spoke of the value of reading and urged people to limit the amount of time they watch television.

“I’ve been asking [people to] promise themselves that they will subtract half an hour or an hour a day from their television watching and read,” he said.

“Learn something, pick up an American history book, a world history book, an algebra book, something. You would be amazed at how much you will know after a year of just doing that.”

He said he picked up the habit from his mother.

“My mother observed as … she worked as a domestic cleaning other people’s houses, [that] these tended to be very successful people and where we lived there tended to be a lot of unsuccessful people,” Carson said.

“She noticed they read a lot and they didn’t look at a lot of television and they didn’t waste a lot of time. So she came home and imposed that upon us. We were, of course, quite disgruntled.

“Her friends just criticized her severely. ‘You can’t make boys stay in the house and read books! They’ll grow up but they’ll hate you. I would say, mother you know they’re right, but she wasn’t going to listen to that. We had to do it.”

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By Bill Hoffmann

Ben Carson: Obamacare a ‘Redistribution Program’.

Obamacare is a “redistribution program” that’s “not what America is about,” said former neurosurgeon and Fox News contributor Dr. Ben Carson.

“It is a redistribution program. There is no question about that,” Carson told “Fox and Friends” on the Fox News Channel Thursday. “Of course, that’s not what America is about. America is about free enterprise.”

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The spirit of entrepreneurship has been a driving force in America, Carson maintained, that has enabled the U.S. to have “the biggest impact of any country ever in the history of the world.”

“Because we created an atmosphere of entrepreneurship, hard work, innovation . . . now we’re in the process of trying to be like everybody else, and destroying that,” he said.

The emphasis in healthcare should return to a relationship between patients and their healthcare provider, Carson suggested. He said free enterprise, and not the government, should be involved in health concerns of individuals.

“Get the government out of it. There’s plenty of things for the government to do. And, if we put them back where they’re supposed to be, and let us, the people, and the free market deal with things, we can once again be the pinnacle of the world. We can be the example,” Carson said.

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