The Southern Poverty Law Center has now included Dr. Ben Carson in its "Extremist Files" for what it portrays as his "anti-LGBT" hate-mongering.
The Montgomery-based SPLC describes itself as an "internationally known" legal, educational, and advocacy organization dedicated to "fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society."
One of its initiatives is the compilation of files on individuals and groups it deems to be promoters of "hate and bigotry." The list includes Neo-Nazis, the KKK, and, now, America's most famous neurosurgeon (who happens to be a potential Republican presidential candidate).
Here's the overview of SPLC's "extremist" file on Carson, which condemns him for supporting traditional marriage, criticizing President Obama, making a reference once to pedophilia in the same sentence as homosexuality, and promoting “biblical economic practices for 21st century America”:
Date of Birth: 1951
Location: Detroit, Mich.
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson rapidly ascended as a far-right political star after publicly scolding President Obama, whom he sat a few feet away from, at a National Prayer Breakfast in February 2013. Carson’s reproach of Obama for his health care and tax policies went viral, unleashing a flood of adulation from right-wing media and hate groups. Carson’s own story as an “up by the bootstraps” black man reared in poverty translated into an inspiring, magnetic narrative that captured media attention. Soon he was appearing as the keynoter at a rash of right-wing and hate group gatherings, linking gays with pedophiles, comparing the U.S. to Nazi Germany and endorsing biblical economic practices for 21st century America. A movement to draft Carson as a presidential candidate took off in 2014, raising more than $7 million by June, according to its website. Carson has coyly declined to say whether he would run as a Republican or on a third-party ticket, but media interviews suggest that he is increasingly willing to run on some ticket.
In His Own Words:
“Marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA [North American Man/Boy Association, a group advocating pedophilia], be they people who believe in bestiality—it doesn’t matter what they are, they don’t get to change the definition.”