Ben Carson’s Prison Rape Theory of Human Sexuality

Before you read this story, remind yourself that we’re talking about the overwhelming sentimental favorite of conservatives, a guy who would almost certainly be the front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination if he had met the generally assumed minimum qualifications of some prior involvement in politics or government.

Here’s the report from CNN’s Eric Bradner:

Ben Carson says homosexuality is a choice because many people “go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay.”

The neurosurgeon and potential Republican candidate for president in 2016 made the comment in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo that aired Wednesday on “New Day.”

That argument, Carson said, “thwarts” the notion that homosexuality isn’t a choice, which is at odds with the majority of the medical community, including the American Psychological Association, who says “most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation.”

Gee, aren’t you glad we have a presidential candidate with some serious scientific training?

UPDATE: Well, one voice was raised in Carson’s defense: that of Bryan Fischer, the former spox of the American Family Association (and still the host of their radio show). If there were an awards show for homophobia, Fischer would be a lifetime achievement winner.

Jesus wept.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.