Conservative celebrity and possible
2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson this week told the Christian
Broadcasting Network (CBN) that gay rights activists are dividing
Carson told CBN's David Brody that he
feels God's fingers pulling at his collar telling him to run for
president in two years.
“Has He grabbed you by the collar
yet?” Brody asked. “I read an article about that.”
“I feel fingers,” Carson answered.
“But it's mostly me. I have to be sure and it's part of my
personality that says always look before you leap but don't leap
before you have to.”
“May I potentially see you [on the
presidential campaign trail] soon?”
“I think there is a good chance you
might,” Carson replied.
Elsewhere in the interview, Carson said
that gay rights and pro choice supporters are using “hate speech”
to divide America for own political gain.
“Americans have to recognize that we,
the American people, are not each other's enemies. The enemies are
those people who try to divide everybody up. Who try to incite
people to anger and to hatred,” Carson
“A good example would be somebody who
is pro-life, the inciters would come along and say, ‘you’re
anti-women, you hate women’ and they try to get women to hate you,
when in fact you love women, you just happen also to love life and
love babies. But that’s how they try to create the divisions,”
he added. “Somebody who is pro-traditional-family, they’ll come
up and say, ‘he’s a homophobe, they hate gay people, they’re
nasty’ and they just try to incite all this stuff really to further
their own agendas.”
Ironically, Carson has parleyed his
opposition to equality into a possible political career.