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Mar102015

Glenn Beck Calls Brilliant Brain Surgeon Ben Carson A ‘Lunatic’

GETTY(EEW Magazine News) Millions of Americans believe being gay is a choice. Dr. Ben Carson was just bold enough to admit it.

That boldness, however, has gotten him slammed by conservative media personality Glenn Beck, who called the brilliant brain surgeon a “lunatic.”

Last week, Dr. Carson, a potential 2016 Republican presidential contender, said gays “absolutely” choose to be that way, pointing to same-sex relations in prison.

"Goodbye to his presidential career. It's over. It's over. There is no way to recover from that. That just sounds like a lunatic,” said Beck. “That is just a ridiculous statement on a million fronts. A ridiculous statement."

Mind you, Dr. Carson is the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head and is anything but a lunatic.

His exact comments were, “A lot of people who go into prison, go into prison straight. And when they come out, they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”

While this is not a wholly invalid argument, Beck branded Dr. Carson’s statements, “the dumbest thing I've ever heard.”

A 2012 NY Times aritcle examined the pervasive culture of rape and sexual slavery in prison. The Center for Black Equity has also taken a close look at how increased rates of HIV among black men can be linked to prison culture.

Is it that big of a stretch, then, to link gay culture and prison culture?

While Dr. Carson's claims are not supported by any hard statistical data and solid research studies, to dismiss his commentary all together, may not be the wisest thing to do.

A spokesperson for Dr. Carson issued a statement saying, “Dr. Carson has a very deep well of support across this country, and he's in the process of gauging its strength and potential. We recognize there are many challenges, and one comment cannot and will not derail Ben Carson from answering the many American voices desperate for real leadership.”

The statement added, "His position on gay marriage is nearly identical to all the possible candidates. He just did something very un-Washington; he told a reporter the truth about the right of states to determine their own laws reflecting the wishes of their own citizens. He apologized for his prison analogy but not for his position on gay marriage.”

This "lunatic" of whom Beck speaks  became the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital at age 33—the youngest major division director in the hospital’s history.

RELATED: Dr. Ben Carson apologizes for comments on gays

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