Lynching Ben Carson as a 'homophobe'
"[T]he new savior Ben Carson seems to be a homophobe." Thus began an email yesterday from a smart conservative who is anxious to make the GOP gay friendly. What Clarence Thomas called a hi-tech lynching is underway and it has been very successful at painting conservative hero/dissident black superstar Dr. Benjamin Carson as politically unacceptable because he said this Tuesday night on Sean Hannity's Fox News show:
Marriage is between a man and a woman. It is a well-established fundamental pillar of society, and no group -- be they gays, be they NAMBLA [North American Man/Boy Love Association], be they people who believe in bestiality -- no matter what they are, they don't get to change the definition. So it's not something that's against gays; it's against anybody who wants to come along and change the fundamental definition of pillars of society. It has significant ramifications. [emphasis added]
Quite clearly, Dr. Carson is making the slippery slope argument, which is an absolutely legitimate non-theological analytical approach. One the traditional definition is breached, what new standards would limit marriage, especially if the focus is on "love" as the criterion?
But the homosexual movement has a very strong aversion to any mention of other sexual deviations in the same breath as homosexualty, abhorring any comparison of the undefined range of behavior encompassed in the acronym LGBT to bestiality in particular, and for some pedophilia. (It must be noted that NAMBLA formerly marched in the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade, until its presence there became a public embarrassment, as the parade's visibility grew. So at one point the homosexual movement big tent sheltered adult-child sexual relations. )
John Nolte of Breitbart makes the strong case that a strategy was manufactured to demonize Dr. Carson, the apostate who threatens the left's hold on the black community.
It took a few days for Media Matters and the rest of the organized-left to gin up the outrage needed to grab hold of the mainstream media's attention. But by Friday afternoon, Dr. Carson found himself under direct fire. NBC News' Andrea Mitchell brought Carson on her MSNBC show for a grilling, as did CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
Wednesday and Thursday to prepare, Friday to execute, and the holiday weekend for people to spread the meme: Dr. Carson is a hater, an extremist, an unworthy man.
Nolte's evidence is not just the time lag, though. Hours before Dr. Carson articulated the slippery slope argument, Justice Sotomayer, in the course of oral arguments Tuesday made the very same point - an listed immoral and illegal activity as examples of where the slippery slope could lead:
Mr. Olson, the bottom line that you're being asked -- and -- and it is one that I'm interested in the answer: If you say that marriage is a fundamental right, what State restrictions could ever exist? Meaning, what State restrictions with respect to the number of people, with respect to -- that could get married -- the incest laws, the mother and the child, assuming they are of age -- I can -- I can accept that the State has probably an overbearing interest on -- on protecting the a child until they're of age to marry, but what's left?
To be clear, I do not believe Sotomayor compared homosexuality to anything. What she did is what Dr. Carson did: she played devil's advocate about the slippery-slope of what might come next if we open the Pandora's box of changing the definition of marriage. And to make that argument, like Dr. Carson, she used illegal and immoral relationships (not homosexuality) as slippery slope concerns should the definition of marriage be held to include gay marriage.
But no one on the left or in the media cared that Sotomayor used the horror of incest to make a point about same-sex marriage -- because Sotomayor is a leftist and they know which way she is going to rule. Moreover, the point she was making was obvious.
The point Carson was making was just as obvious. But because the right-leaning Carson is both black and conservative, which makes him a threat to the left-leaning mainstream media's attempted stranglehold on the Narrative, doesn't "know his place," Wolf Blitzer and Andrea Mitchell and NBC News and CNN played "gotcha" with him to "put him back in his place."
If a double standard isn't at work, where's the outrage over Justice Sotomayor, Wolf and Andrea?