Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says that some lifestyles do not hold the same value as others. The retired pediatric neurosurgeon has been making a series of controversial statements while both campaigning and promoting his new book, “A More Perfect Union.”
Mediaite reports that Carson spoke on the SiriusXM radio show “Patriot” on Wednesday, Oct. 7. In a sitdown with host David Webb, a Fox News contributor, Carson criticized what he calls “the PC police.” Carson has previously dismissed movements such as Black Lives Matter (BLM) as “political correctness run amuck,” Huffington Post reports.
Carson told Webb that he disagrees with the idea that all lifestyles are valid.
“We have got to stop paying attention to the ‘p.c. police,’ who say every lifestyle is exactly of the same value,” Carson says, according to Huffington Post. “No, it’s not of the same value. It is very clear that intact, traditional families with traditional, intact values do much better in terms of raising children. So let’s stop pretending that everything is of equal value."
Carson says that he single parents are not an optimal family for a child.
"We need to face the fact that when young girls have babies out of wedlock, most of the time their education ends with that first baby,” Carson continued. “And those babies are four times as likely to grow up in poverty, end up in the penal system or the welfare system.
“You know, I’m not making this stuff up. That’s well-documented. That’s a problem."
Carson has placed family values at the center of his presidential campaign. He vocally defers to the Constitution, claiming that deciphering its meaning is easy when compared to neurosurgery, the Charlotte Observer reports.
However, Carson has disagreed with Supreme Court decisions when it comes to addressing “lifestyles.” While promoting his new book, Carson told the Charlotte Observer that he is against the SCOTUS ruling to make same-sex marriage federal law, arguing that it should be a state issue.
“The reason we address civil issues at the state and local level is because it’s a question of lifestyle,” Carson says. He claimed to the Charlotte Observer that local governments can better determine what their constituents want. “They can decide what’s most compatible with their belief system, and someone else shouldn’t impose their will on them.”