Ben Carson Added to "Extremist Files" of SPLC
In fact, it was the SPLC’s “Extremist Files” on the Family Research Council that led Floyd Lee Corkins to storm the FRC’s headquarters with a hundred rounds of ammo and the intent of shooting as many people inside, and then stuffing Chick-fil-A sandwiches in everyone’s mouths. He didn’t get very far, as he was subdued by the security guard. But during his interrogation, he admitted that he targeted the FRC, because they were listed as a “hate group” on the SPLC’s website.
Now, this Floyd Lee Corkins character didn’t make the SPLC hate list. I’m sure they’d say that while he may have been “misguided,” he wasn’t hateful. And we shouldn’t judge him for his particular “lifestyle choices” that led to what he did at the FRC headquarters.
But Ben Carson? Yep, he’s been added to the SPLC’s “Extremist Files.” They have his ideology listed as “Anti-LGBT.” The Blaze reported:
Carson has been added to a list of “extremists” being populated and compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based group “dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.”
It’s Carson’s apparent “anti-LBGT” views that have landed him in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “extremist files,” where he is listed among other individuals in categories such as ”anti-Muslim,” “Ku Klux Klan” and “Neo-Nazi.”
“Retired neurosurgeon 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,” reads the group’s profile on the noted neurosurgeon. “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.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center claims that Carson began speaking soon after that event to “right wing and hate group gatherings,” claiming that he linked gays to pedophiles and endorsed “biblical economic practices for 21st century America.” The latter is likely a reference to Carson’s comparison of the traditional church tithe to a flat tax system.
The profile includes a list of quotes from Carson’s media appearances and writings seen by the Southern Poverty Law Center as being anti-gay — or for being, at the least, egregious. Here are just a few of those quotes:
“Obamacare is really the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. And … in a way, it is slavery.” —Values Voter Summit, Washington, D.C., Oct. 11, 2013
“I mean [our government and institutions] are very much like Nazi Germany. … You know, you had a government using its tools to intimidate the population. We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they really believe.” —Quoted by Breitbart News, March 12, 2014
“What we need to do is come up with something simple. And when I pick up by Bible, you know what I see? I see the first individual in the universe, God, and he’s given us a system. It’s called a tithe.” —Endorsing a flat tax for all Americans, White House Prayer Breakfast, Feb. 7, 2013