If Ben Carson were a secular liberal instead of a religious conservative, not only would he currently be the de facto winner of the 2016 election, but it’s quite possible he’d have already turned the country’s atheists into converts due to the logical conclusion he must be the second coming of Christ.
But he’s not a secular liberal. And he’s not lauded as the Messiah. In fact, if you read any popular publication, it’s likely you’ve already read a bunch of articles describing Ben as a “right-wing religious wacko.”
If you think he’s a nutjob and you’re going to x-out of this post the second I try to tell you otherwise, please just bare with me for a second. Put down the New York Times hit-piece for a god-damned second and just take a moment to realize what this man has accomplished.
- Became the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital at age 33 (the youngest to do so at that time).
- 1987, led a 70-member surgical team to successfully separate conjoined twins, who had been joined at the back of the head. The surgery lasted 22 hours.
- Is a 6-time New York Times Bestselling author.
- His life has been made into a movie starring Cuba Gooding Jr.
- At 8 years old his father left his mother, who with a 3rd grade education raised Ben and his brother in poverty.
The first two things alone are some of the most impressive stats a human being can have. Seriously, think about the enormity of those accomplishments, and then contrast the accomplishments of the writers who characterize the man.
At what point do you say to yourself, ya know, maybe the journalist at the New York Times isn’t as smart as his writing would suggest; or, maybe the broadcasters on MSNBC aren’t as intelligent as they appear to be on television?
When the media latches onto someone for having “extreme views,” it’s important to dissect those views to their core, and not just react emotionally to them.
Give Mr. Carson that same respect, and please, continue to challenge the foundation of his ideas. But if you’re going to criticize him, do it thoughtfully and attack the core of what he says; save the hyperbole and analogy.