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Ben Carson: Gay Rights Aren’t Civil Rights Because Gay People Don’t Have Separate Water Fountains

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Dr. Ben Carson is at it again, trying to explain his position on civil rights, and offending the LGBT community all over again.

How many times and how many ways can a man who claims he has “no animosity” toward gay people offend them?

Ben Carson on Wednesday sat down with Fox News host Bret Baier, and during a softball interview managed to once again offer up the most insulting and ignorant responses.

(Carson’s comments about gay people begin at the 5 minute mark above.)

Baier challenged the 63-year old retired pediatric neurosurgeon on the comments he made in a now infamous CNN interview, when he claimed that prison proves being gay is a choice. Carson admitted it was a “boneheaded” response to host Chris Cuomo’s line of questioning, but he also admitted he lost his cool during that interview.

“I was a little bit irritated that he was equating the whole [homosexuality] issue with the Civil Rights movement,” Carson said Wednesday. “Because, quite frankly, I didn’t remember any times when there were signs up that says, you know, ‘everybody else here and gay people have to drink at this fountain,'” he said.

It is almost inconceivable that a person running for president, a person with an incredible education and one who built his life in the medical industry, appears to have zero understanding of the discrimination and violence LGBT people face every day.

LOOK: GOP Presidential Candidate Ben Carson’s Top 10 Most Anti-Gay Comments

Separate water fountains are far from the only indication of second-class status. The inability to legally marry still exists for millions of same-sex couples, as does the fear of legally being fired or denied services for being LGBT, just for starters.

Carson’s attempt to appear conciliatory and moderate toward LGBT rights issues on Fox News cannot possibly negate his recent attacks on gay people.

In April, Carson said, “Some people think that I hate gay people, that I’m a homophobe. I’m not.” Then went on to demand Congress impeach judges who rule in favor of same-sex marriage.

That same month Carson strongly suggested that Christians are persecuted, and gay people are more protected than Christians and other people of faith.

In January, Carson quipped that gay people shouldn’t try to “force” bakers to make their wedding cakes, lest the bakers “poison” them.

Last year, Dr. Carson told a National Organization For Marriage audience that same-sex marriage is part of a Neo-Marxist plot to impose the “New World Order.”

But perhaps Carson’s most offensive comments came when he placed gay people in the same category as pedophiles, “people who believe in bestiality,” and “NAMBLA.”

On Wednesday, Carson tried to cover all that up.

UPDATE: Ben Carson: Anti-Christian Discrimination ‘More Important’ Topic Than Anti-Gay Discrimination

On “the whole homosexuality thing,” Carson told Fox News, “I would love for the gay community to answer this question for me: What position can a person take who has absolutely no animosity toward gay people, but believes in traditional marriage, that would be satisfactory to them?,” he asked.

Carson says he’s “very happy to compromise” on the issue, but he hasn’t “heard an answer” yet.

 

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White Liberals Are ‘The Most Racist People There Are’ Says NAMBLA-Invoker Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson: Abortion Is ‘Human Sacrifice’

Ben Carson: Being Gay Is ‘Absolutely’ A Choice, Because Prison (Video)

 

Image: Screenshot via Fox News
Hat tip: CNN

 

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‘Basically Outlaws Responding to This Pandemic’: Texans Blast Abbott for New ‘Right to Infect’ Order

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Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott is under fire after signing a wide-ranging COVID-19 executive order Thursday that bans any mask or vaccine mandates, bans anyone requesting or requiring proof of vaccination to obtain goods or services, but promotes “personal responsibility” as the means to control what is quickly becoming a new Delta variant-fueled wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the CDC Texas has had over 47,000 new COVID cases and 240 new COVID deaths in the past seven days, with a huge 15%-19.9% positivity rate. Since the start of the pandemic Texas has, under Governor Abbott’s leadership, seen nearly 3.1 million coronavirus cases and almost 52,000 deaths. Texas reports just 52% of its population 12 and older has been vaccinated.

Abbott’s executive order says, “There are no COVID-19-related operating limits for any business or other establishment,” and “no person may he required by any jurisdiction to wear or to mandate the wearing of a face covering.”

“Texans are strongly encouraged as a matter of personal responsibility to consistently follow good hygiene, social-distancing. and other mitigation practices,” and vaccines “will never be mandated by the government,” although “it is strongly encouraged for those eligible to receive one.”

The order also overrides and voids any “COVID-19-related limitations imposed by local governmental entities or officials.”

One local Texas NBC affiliate reports, “Abbott pushes personal responsibility over government mandates as pandemic surges.”

Here’s what some Texans are saying:

 

 

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Dozens of House Republicans Refusing to Wear Masks March to Senate Side for ‘Taste of Freedom’

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After falsely blaming Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the newly-announced mask mandate on the House side of Congress, dozens of Republicans Thursday afternoon engaged in a performative protest, not against the coronavirus but against efforts to end the pandemic. What appeared to be 50 or so House GOP  lawmakers marched over to the Senate side of the Capitol Hill building for what one called a “taste of freedom.”

The Attending Physician of the United States Congress, following updated CDC guidance this week ordered anyone on the House side of the Capitol to wear a mask if in a group, regardless of vaccination status, but did not make the same order for the Senate side.

While Dr. Brian Monahan did not explain why the rules were different, at last cxount only about half of the Republicans on the House side have said they are vaccinated. Almost every Republican on the Senate side is. All Democrats on both sides are fully vaccinated. Dr. Monahan’s office announced fines and possible removal for repeat offenders.

Among those in the maskless pack making their way to the Senate side were Reps. Madison Cawthorn, Lauren Boebert, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Chip Roy.

Roll Call’s Chris Cioffi and The Hill’s Scott Wong posted video:

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Far Right Republican Concocts Fundraising Scheme to Bail Out Mask Rule-Breakers — but the Cash Goes to His Campaign

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Right-wing Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) is asking for donations so that he can pay for the fines for Congressional members and their staff who refuse to wear a mask in the Capitol. But when clicking the link to donate, it takes you to his campaign page.

Typical members of Congress are paid $174,000 annually, so it’s unclear why they would need donations to cover their own rule-breaking. Staffers certainly make much less, however, Washington, D.C. has mandated face masks in public places again. So, they would be in violation of the Capitol rules as well as D.C. rules. It’s unclear if their Republican members would be willing to pay their fees themselves if the staffer follows their boss’s lead.

While the Capitol has instituted fines, the Capitol Police released a statement that seemed like a veiled threat to those anti-maskers refusing to follow the rules.

“Regarding the House mask rule, there is no reason it should ever come to someone being arrested. Anyone who does not follow the rule will be asked to wear a mask or leave the premises. The Department’s requirement for officers to wear masks is for their health and safety,” said the statement.

See Cawthorn’s fundraising tweet below:

 

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