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Why I’ve Lost All Respect for Ben Carson

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Once upon a time, I adored Ben Carson.

As a little girl, I remember watching a play based on his life and deciding at that very moment I wanted to become a doctor. I read everything I could about the profession, including an autographed copy of Carson’s autobiography, Gifted Hands. You could say I was obsessed.

As it turns out, I followed another career path, but my love and respect for Dr. Carson never waned.

Until now.

In a recent interview with CNN, the notable neurosurgeon-turned-political-pundit said he “absolutely” believes being gay is a choice.

“Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay,” he said. “So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”


Naturally, he issued an apology shortly thereafter. But it’s not the first time Carson has made some questionable remarks about gay people.

Call it naive, but I always like to think the best of someone until he or she proves me wrong.

Well, Carson has certainly demonstrated through his words and beliefs that he is no longer worthy of my respect or adoration.

Of course, nothing can take away his medical accolades and I am sure that his patients’ lives have been drastically improved because of his great work.

But I simply cannot defend, nor can I respect, someone who wholeheartedly believes sexual orientation is a choice.

As if someone would choose to be discriminated against. As if someone would choose to be a victim of hate crimes. As if someone would choose to be denied the right to marry his or her one true love … just because the person happens to be the same sex.

So no, I am no longer a fan of Ben Carson or his ideologies.

About L’Oreal Thompson Payton

L'Oreal Thompson Payton

A Charm City girl in the Windy City, L’Oreal Thompson Payton is a professional storyteller with a penchant for people and a passion for purple. When she’s not busy writing, L’Oreal enjoys reading, dancing and devouring delicious cupcakes. Follow L’Oreal on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and visit her blog at