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Dr. Ben Carson at Valdosta State University

Ben_Carson_by_Gage_Skidmore_2 (1)I thought supporters of Dr. Ben Carson would be interested to read about his recent visit to Valdosta State University, as told by a college student who was there.

According to the story in The Spectator, the school’s independent student newspaper, some students protested the event, upset by Dr. Carson’s “extremely conservative views over issues such as gay marriage and the Affordable Care Act.” One student said Dr. Carson’s views are a “message of bigotry,” and that it’s “hurtful to students.”

Among other things, Dr. Carson believes marriage is the union between one man and one woman, not only a divine truth, but an institution that’s fueled societies for thousands of years. In one fell swoop, the homosexual lobby has managed to change the meaning of the word marriage to a level so patently nonsensical, it’s barely worth debating.

But I digress.

Over 600 of Dr. Carson’s student opponents at Valdosta signed a petition “demanding” that the school president shut down dissent and cancel the event. To his credit, Dr. William McKinney respects the U.S. Constitution. “I believe that we do ourselves the greatest disservice when we silence civil debate as a result of controversy.”

Here are some of the “controversial” things Dr. Carson said in his speech:

“Those who have the ability to learn are those who make progress. America is a land of dreams. Education represents the great economic divide. We have got to get back to instilling in people the importance of education in the Information Age.”

“The majority of America has been beaten into submission, and it’s time for them to wake up and stand up in what they believe in. It is quite easy to become an informed voter. We are not each other’s enemies. We the people are the pinnacle of power, and to vote is to protect that power.”

“Think about what God has blessed us with. He blessed us with a brain in His image. That brain has hundreds of billions of neurons. You can’t overload the brain. What can your brain do if you actually put your mind to something?”

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