The Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based legal advocacy organization that opposes hate groups, just added Dr. Ben Carson to its “Extremist Files,” alongside white supremacists and the leader of the New Black Panther Party.
The SPLC cites the retired Hopkins neurosurgeon and potential 2016 presidential candidate’s “Anti-LGBT” views as justification for his inclusion on the list. His profile also includes statements in which he compares Obamacare to slavery and proposes a tax system based on the the biblical tithe.
Carson called his inclusion on the list “ignorant” and told the Daily Mail:
“[W]hen embracing traditional Christian values is equated to hatred, we are approaching the stage where wrong is called right and right is called wrong.
“It is absolutely critical for us to once again advocate true tolerance in this world where freedom of speech is closely guarded. That means being respectful to all of those with whom we disagree, as well as allowing people to live according to their values without harassment.”
Great, now if only Carson supported the right of LGBT Americans to “live according to their values without harassment.”
For what it’s worth, Carson is easily the least extreme figure on the Anti-LGBT list, which includes the likes of the late Fred Phelps and other lesser known wackos.
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