Ben Carson placed on ‘extremist watch list’ by Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center lost what little credibility it had when it put acclaimed pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson on its “extremist watch list,” claiming he’s “anti-LGBT.”

This is how the center described Carson on the list:

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.

Although the center makes a bald assertion that the potential 2016 presidential candidate is anti-gay, it offers no proof other than these former Carson quotes:

“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.”

When interviewed by Sean Hannity on Fox News March 26, 2013, Carson also said:

“[I]f we can redefine marriage as between two men or two women or any other way based on social pressures as opposed to between a man and a woman, we will continue to redefine it in any way that we wish, which is a slippery slope with a disastrous ending, as witnessed in the dramatic fall of the Roman Empire.”

Note that Carson didn’t claim he’s anti-LGBT. He’s proudly opposed to gay marriage because, as he said, it changes the well-established definition of marriage.

It’s also safe to assume that although the vast majority of the world’s population is against bestiality, a large percentage of those people — possibly most — love pets.

As further “proof” of Carson’s extremist qualifications, the center offered additional Carson quotes that had nothing to do with gay rights but with his disdain for big government, his love of God, his support for a simple flat-tax system and his likening socialized medicine to slavery.

Founded in 1971, the Montgomery, Ala.-based Southern Poverty Law Center quickly gained respect as a champion for civil rights. Its hard-won reputation has since become tarnished, especially after famously listing the tea party movement as “extremist” on its “Hate Watch” list in 2010.

By adding Carson to the list, the center has gone from embarrassment to laughingstock.

H/T: Legal Insurrection

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383 thoughts on “Ben Carson placed on ‘extremist watch list’ by Southern Poverty Law Center

  1. Bellwhether says:

    So I have a question for you folks who believe Carson’s right about gay people needing to be kept in their place. Exactly how is your life diminished when two gay people get married? Don’t give me theories, don’t talk in general terms, don’t use logical fallacies like the slippery slope. Just tell me, in concrete, real terms, exactly how YOUR life is diminished when two gay people get married. Tell me what money you lose, what rights you lose, what anything you lose. How is your life concretely, realistically worse when a gay couple gets married?

  2. whooboy says:

    All the hate and racism is on the left and they prove it everyday.

    1. Bellwhether says:

      Yep. The liberal KKK. National Alliance and Stormfront: basically liberal-only bastions. No, wait . . . got that wrong. Well, how about all the Democrats voting against equal pay protection for women? No wait, that was Republicans . . . okay, I’ve got it: the Democrats want to make discrimination against gay people legal. No, wrong again.

      1. whooboy says:

        Yea That’s right the one Republican KKK Senator from West Virginia right? Oh that’s right he was a democrat, you mean the one Senator who voted against the Civil Rights Act? Oh yea that was Al Gore’s dad, he was a, nope a democrat. Yeah all those Republican mayors in Detroit, Camden, Oakland and Fergison to name a few, keeping all the minorities in poverty, No wait got that wrong, all those Republicans making welfare pay more than working and destroying poor families..oops wrong. All those Republican professors, making and enforcing speech codes, whoopsie. All those greedy Wall Street investment Republicans at Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan, oh wait that is wrong. All those evil Republicans wanting to tax college savings plans and..oh wait that was wrong. All those evil Republicans who wanted the government to start overcharging kids going to college to make money for health care, nope that’s wrong. The problem with Liberal hate is you think that’s normal but good luck with that.

        1. Bellwhether says:

          Rush has taught you well. I can see you leaping for the dog yummy.

      2. whooboy says:

        yea I forgot that Republican Senator who was in the KKK in West Virginia, oops he was a democrat. Oh yea all those Republican mayors who robbed the inner cities and let the school systems destroy all those minorities, oops wrong again. Or that one Republican Senator from Tennessee who tried to stop the civil rights act, oops that would be Al Gore’s dad. Or that Republican Governor who stood in the door way to stop integration in the schools, oops he was a democrat too.

        1. Bellwhether says:

          Need to bone up on your history and learn the diff between Democrats and Dixiecrats. Really, you’re gonna seriously pretend that the Democrats have a worse record of racism than the Republicans? Not on this planet, pal. Sounds like you get your ‘facts’ from a hate site.

  3. hearnb says:

    unleashing a flood of adulation from right-wing media and hate groups.
    So if you disagree with a Black person , it is a Hate Group , You agree with a Black person , It is a Hate Group . Credibility just floods from their pens.

  4. McTechs says:

    Congratulations Dr. Carson, consider yourself vetted and bonafide.

    1. Bellwhether says:

      . . as a bigot. Beloved by all other bigots.

  5. Carole Oglesbee says:

    NO group should even HAVE a “Hate list.” How does that promote justice??

    1. Bellwhether says:

      It’s not a hate list. It’s a list of extremists who promote intolerance and discrimination. Does anybody here ever actually go to the SPLC site or do they just rely on what Rush tells them?

      1. Carole Oglesbee says:

        I don’t listen to Rush, Bellwhether. I based my comment on the wording used in the 2nd to last paragraph of the article above. I suppose the SPLC is simply keeping their “extremist” list so they can send all those on the list Valentines?

        1. Bellwhether says:

          Nothing biased or stupid about this website or this article, right? Word of God?

          The SPLC is watching people whose venomous illogic makes life more dangerous for American citizens. They’re watching Ben Carson because of his effect on sheeple like you, so in evidence on this sewer of a discussion forum.

          I know most of you yahoos are just disturbed, and gassing off because you feel frightened and insecure. But some few of you will move from that place where it’s all talk, to inciting or committing violence. It’s definitely one of the warning signs. And most of you will leave your caves to go out and vote for a hatemongering politician who will then IF YOU HAVEN’T NOTICED, do NOT ONE THING about gay people. Or abortion. Or making Christianity mandatory. NOT ONE THING. They are too busy making sure that YOU are treated even worse by your employers, and that you continue to pay the tax burden instead of them. You’re being used, and you don’t care, as long as someone can rile up your insane hatred and fear.

  6. Bellwhether says:

    So I still have a question for you folks who believe Carson’s right about gay people needing to be kept in their place. Exactly how is your life diminished when two gay people get married? Don’t give me theories, don’t talk in general terms, don’t use logical fallacies like the slippery slope. Just tell me, in concrete, real terms, exactly how YOUR life is diminished when two gay people get married. Tell me what money you lose, what rights you lose, what anything you lose. How is your life concretely, realistically worse when a gay couple gets married?

  7. Kimberly04 says:

    It is time for everyone to contact their congressperson to yank their tax number. On their website I take it to mean contributions are tax deductible. They have the right to say something stupid like they did to Ben Carson but they don’t have the right to do it on the taxpayer dollar. There is no one treated worse than a black conservative. Ben Carson is a fine man and this is ridiculous that left wing organizations are allowed to do this to him on the taxpayer dollar.

    1. Hypocritesnotwelcome says:

      Ben Carson predicted Obama would suspend elections and declare martial law. Those are the words of a delusional,paranoid crackpot.

  8. Hypocritesnotwelcome says:

    Defending an institution with an almost 50% failure rate is not the sign of an intellectual. Why should the government even be involved in this anyway.?

  9. Jimmy says:

    Southern Poverty Law Center have got their heads so far up their ass!

  10. Bellwhether says:

    So I still have a question for you folks who believe Carson’s right about gay people needing to be kept in their place. Exactly how is your life diminished when two gay people get married? Don’t give me theories, don’t talk in general terms, don’t use logical fallacies like the slippery slope. Just tell me, in concrete, real terms, exactly how YOUR life is diminished when two gay people get married. Tell me what money you lose, what rights you lose, what anything you lose. How is your life concretely, realistically worse when a gay couple gets married?

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