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    Dr. Ben Carson withdraws as Hopkins commencement speaker

    Dr. Ben Carson withdraws as Hopkins commencement speaker

    Too bad.

    Via Baltimore Sun:

    Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson stepped down Wednesday as commencement speaker at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine after complaints from students about controversial comments concerning same-sex marriage.

    The withdrawal came less than a week after medical school Dean Paul B. Rothman chastised Carson for his comments and met with graduating students concerned that the famed physician was an inappropriate commencement speaker.

    Carson sent Rothman a letter saying that he didn’t want to “distract from the celebratory nature of the day.”

    “Given all the national media surrounding my statements as to my belief in traditional marriage, I believe it would be in the best interest of the students for me to voluntarily withdraw as your commencement speaker this year,” he wrote in the letter to Rothman, which the dean shared with the Hopkins community….

    In his most recent letter to Rothman, Carson said he hoped there would be more tolerance for views like his in the future.

    “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,” he wrote.

    Rothman last week had described Carson’s comments on same-sex marriage as “hurtful” and chastised him for using offensive language.


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    katiejane | April 11, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Hopefully John Hopkins won’t be looking for Dr. Carson to mentor any of their students.

    Midwest Rhino | April 11, 2013 at 9:30 am

    When Obama called Christians and believers in second amendment rights … “bitter clingers”, it was hurtful to the people that are the foundation of what makes America great.

    Obama should withdraw.

    wendybar | April 11, 2013 at 10:11 am

    AAARRRGGGHHHHH…..The downfall of America is happening much too fast for me. Decent people can’t speak, because they “hurt” someones feelings, but yet it’s great when an Ahmadinejad speaks at Columbia. The world is upside down, and I just don’t understand it anymore!

      Juba Doobai! in reply to wendybar. | April 11, 2013 at 10:47 am

      People won’t think for themselves so they behave like dead fish, go with the flow. Rebels against group think find the world of group think extremely difficult to understand.

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    janitor | April 11, 2013 at 11:22 am

    It is now CONTROVERSIAL to be against same-sex marriage?

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