In a letter sent to the Johns Hopkins Medical community Friday afternoon, Faculty Dean and CEO Dr. Paul Rothman labeled Dr.
Rothman's letter is a turning point in what has been two weeks of a fierce culture-wars debate in the media about Carson. It shows that it wasn't only liberal opponents who were offended, as Carson, Fox news and conservative commentators have consistently contended.
Carson's offensive comments were made in an interview with Sean Hannity on
"Marriage is between a man and a woman. No group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality -- it doesn't matter what they are. They don't get to change the definition," the Hopkins doctor told Hannity.
The comparison of gays to members of the North American Man/Boy Love Association and those who engage in bestiality set off a backlash of criticism in the media, online and on the Hopkins campus.
In an interview with me on March 29, Carson said his meaning was misinterpreted and taken out of context by opponents. This week, Hannity has continued to characterize criticism of his comments as an ideologically-driven attack on the
The letter from Rothman puts an end to the politicized nonsense stirred up by Fox News and Hannity, one of its most compromised hosts. Carson's words were not misinterpreted, and furthermore, his boss believes they were hurtful and offensive.
Let's hope Carson is being more sincere in the apology he issued Friday as opposed to the ones he issued last week in interviews with the me,
You can read Carson's Friday apology here in a Sun story by Andrea Walker.
Here's the letter from Rothman: