Dr. Ben Carson defiant as leftist group backs down, apologizes for calling him an ‘extremist’

Dr. Ben Carson isn’t such an “extremist” after all.

The Southern Poverty Law Center – the leftist front group that branded the conservative Carson an “extremist”  for his traditional views on marriage – is backing down.

“In October 2014, we posted an ‘Extremist File’ of Dr. Ben Carson,” the group wrote on its website Wedneday.

“This week, as we’ve come under intense criticism for doing so, we’ve reviewed our profile and have concluded that it did not meet our standards, so we have taken it down and apologize to Dr. Carson for having posted it.”

The retired neurosurgeon, who is considering a run for the Rebublican nomination for president in 2016, appeared on Fox News “The O’Reilly Factor” Wednesday to talk about the listing.

After thanking his supporters, who blasted SPLC for the listing, Carson reiterated his stance — and it hasn’t changed no matter what label lefties like the SPLC want to put on it.

The institution of marriage was the issue, he said – not sexual behavior.

“And two consenting adults can have any relationship they want …,” he said. “But I do believe that a family, where there’s a mother and a father and a loving environment is the best place to raise children.”

That would put Carson firmly in the mainstream of American opinion – and most likely in the majority. But far from the “extremist” label SPLC has tried to put on him since October.

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