It’s not news at this point that Ben Carson said being gay is a choice, as evidenced by the men who come out of prison having switched sexual preferences from straight to gay. It was an amazingly stupid thing to say, impolitic and ill-thought out. I have enormous respect for Dr. Carson, but that comment cemented for me why this otherwise admirable man should not throw his hat into the presidential ring.
The statement was wrong-footed to begin with because enormous numbers of gay sexual encounters in prison are, in fact, gay rape. These encounters have little to do with desire and preference, and everything to do with power and, on the part of the rapist, with a momentary sexual release.
The statement also denied man’s nature — and please bear with me here, because I’m not going to embark on some weird riff saying all men are inherently gay and it’s only Western society that forces them into heterosexual sex. I’m heading off to a different point.