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World-renowned Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson is under fire from several biology professors at Emory University, where he’s scheduled to give the commencement address.

They wrote a letter to the school newspaper after learning Carson does not believe in evolution,…..

Dr. Ben Carson’s Beliefs On Evolution Stir Controversy At Emory University

About 500 Darwinist alumni, students, and faculty from Emory decided to pile on by signing the letter.

Carson is the director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, by President George W. Bush in 2008. Hopkins boasts 17 Nobel prizes in medicine/physiology and researchers associated with the university were awarded Nobel prizes in Chemistry (Dan Schectman) and Physics (Adam Riess) in 2011.

Johns Hopkins has shown toleration over the years toward their researchers who were creationists (like Lee Spetner) or those who question Darwinism (like Paul McHugh) by not taking sides in the controversy. Why should evolution be a big deal, it seems science and medicine proceed just fine without it. It’s nice to see that no such witch hunt is going on at Johns Hopkins like the witch hunt at Emory. The people at Hopkins have so far shown they have better things to do than conduct inquisitions of people’s personal beliefs. Too bad other institutions can’t follow that example.

It is also evident that even Darwinists would be hard pressed to find a better person to uphold an example of perseverance than creationist Ben Carson.

Carson recalled growing up in Boston and Detroit and living in poverty.

“Large multifamily dwellings, boarded-up windows, sirens, gangs, murders, rats and roaches, the whole nine yards. Anything you can imagine, that’s what it was,” Carson said.

And a source of even greater pain for Carson was how he was treated at school.

“When I was a kid, I didn’t think that I was very smart,” Carson admitted.

He was failing in school and his temper was out of control.

With his mother’s love and encouragement, he healed his temper and gained the confidence to get to the top of his class.

Gooding portrays Carson as an adult attending Yale and Johns Hopkins University.

“When I think about where I came from to where I am now, it’s kind of mind boggling,” Carson said.

Now he is a celebrated neurosurgeon, a leader in his field.

“Everybody, no matter who they are, have problems in life. And we’ll continue to have problems in life. You get to decide whether those problems become something that weakens you or something that strengthens you,” Carson said.



I don’t believe in evolution…

Ben Carson
from Dawkins and Dennett vs. Collins and Carson

CannuckianYankee, Few in this case equals exactly 4 faculty members who wrote the letter. I was not referring to herd who signed it. Let me be more clear, it is deplorable, underhanded and cowardly tactics to undermine credentials of the foremost, world-renown neurosurgeon and humanist. There is no question about it. Nevertheless I would still not call it persecution. In my mind it trivializes what is happening with thousands of Christians worldwide, including David Coppedge and similar cases in US in the past. On the other hand I might not be sensitive enough to these types of character attacks. inunison
President Obama was ran and for many was voted for because of African identity. Now here is a American of either african identity or African descent who has done what is rare in those circles and become prominent in a profession , and high up in it, that requires intelligence. The establishment is always wanting to encourage and reward African achievors, unfortunately with also discrimitory affirmative action, and then BANG because of his having a very common belief of rejecting in whole or part evolution he's asked to sit at the back of the bus and be quiet. What's more important to the left wing after all!! Truly they are punishing/denying people position and place because of presumptions on issues unrelated to their accomplishments !! If they say he shouldn't be the talker , despite his esteem otherwise, then why should he be allowed at all to teach etc in the school? What's the equation here? This is an absurd attack against christian belief, intellect rejection of some idea, and a determination to control americans in who gets what because of these issues. This is the old spirit of tyranny. Robert Byers
scordova, How did you get to Dr. Carson being persecuted, from what is at worse ad hominem attempt by few, probably misinformed, Biology professors at Emory University?
Attempting to marginalize innocent individuals through falsehoods is persecution. This isn't a matter of simple scientific disagreement. Let's say you got invited to speak at a high school graduation. What if you had 500 hundred letters to the editor sent complaining you were pushing "the insertion of unnecessary and destructive wedges between Americans". It's one thing to say, "we disagree with Dr. Carson because on a scientific matter because we believe in evolution", it's another to dredge up falsehoods in an attempt to smear someone. It would be OK to say, "we vigorously dispute his views on origins", it's quite another to say that someone "stands against many of the ideals of this university" as if Carson is some prejudiced sort of person. I pointed out, even supposing Dr. Carson said that evolution is related to the lack of ethics, that is completely consistent with evolutionary theory as articulated by evolutionists themselves. It's one thing to say you disagree with someone's views, it's another to insinuate that harboring those views is destructive to society and advancement of science. One better have a lot to back up such claims, and the irony here is, who is behaving more like they are driving wedges between americans, the 500 people who signed this protest letter or Ben Carson who graciously accepted the invitation to speak at a graduation. And who between Carson and the biology professors is likely to be recognized for doing more good for science? I tell you what I think. I think Darwnists hate the fact someone can do quite well in science and work for the public good without believing in evolution, so much so that the have to dredge up falsehoods and try to marginalize someone. It's their behavior that evidences the intent to marginalize others, not Carson's supposed comments. Darwinists don't like the idea that evolutionism is inessential to science. scordova
Notice it's usually the darwinists who try to squash academic freedom and free speech? Have you ever seen such "controversy" about a pro-darwin commencement speaker from the other side?!?! Darwinists are so afraid to allow dissenting opinions to be heard because they know their evolutionary myth cannot stand up to scrutiny. They have to silence the opposition since they can't refute them. Parents and students need to take action and demand universities and colleges promote academic freedom, not some personal agenda. Blue_Savannah
inunison, "How did you get to Dr. Carson being persecuted, from what is at worse ad hominem attempt by few, probably misinformed, Biology professors at Emory University?" How do you get a "few" from over 500 (519 to be precise) signatories to the letter? You linked to the wrong edition to the letter if you think it's just a few. See the full list here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gO3lUzpurxqQcrV-Han6SmC2xpczROVsgnnqO66HwDE/edit?pli=1 CannuckianYankee
Dr. Carson's interview mentioned in the Letter to the Editor: http://www.adventistreview.org/2004-1509/story2.html inunison
...and editorials here (page 6): http://www.emorywheel.com/pdfs/issues/4.27.12.pdf inunison
Letter to the editor of "The Emory Wheel" can be found here: http://www.emorywheel.com/detail.php?n=31066 inunison
scordova, How did you get to Dr. Carson being persecuted, from what is at worse ad hominem attempt by few, probably misinformed, Biology professors at Emory University? And all that from very poorly written news report based on the letter to the unidentified school newspaper. I would really like you to link to the "school's newspaper" letter so that we can read it and see what this persecution of Dr. Carson consists of. inunison
ba77, I don't know. The UD blog has been a form of shown my personal support. I also went to the cbs website and posted a comment. http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2012/05/02/dr-ben-carsons-religious-beliefs-stirs-controversy-at-emory-university Sal scordova
sal a friend asks;
Where can we go & show support for Dr Ben?
More . . . kairosfocus
Whistleblower retaliation. kairosfocus
so the Darwinists at Emory complained about Dr. Carson associating evolutionism with the lack of ethics. Why then don't they write letters of complaint to their own! Consider the words of evolutionists themselves. So the Darwinists at Emory complain about Dr. Carson associating Darwinism with lack of ethics. Consider what the pseudoscience of evolutionism has to say according to evolutionists themselves: Evolutionism says rape is as natural as the leopard's spots:
"Just as the leopard’s spots and the giraffe’s elongated neck are the result of aeons of past Darwinian selection, so also is rape." -- Randy Thronhill and Criag Palmer
It says about the same about murder
"over the eons of human evolution murder was so surprisingly beneficial in the intense game of reproductive competition" -- David Buss
“Naturalistic evolution has clear consequences that Charles Darwin understood perfectly. 1) No gods worth having exist; 2) no life after death exists; 3) no ultimate foundation for ethics exists; 4) no ultimate meaning in life exists; and 5) human free will is nonexistent.” -- William Provine
"No inherent moral or ethical laws exist, nor are there absolute guiding principles for human society. The universe cares nothing for us and we have no ultimate meaning in life." -- William Provine
And here are some other delicious quotes from Darwinists:
We assume that cannibalism is always an aggressive, barbaric and degrading act, … But that is a serious over-simplification, one that has kept us from realizing that cannibalism can have positive meanings Beth Conklin Vanderbilt University
Sexual relationships between humans and animals come as such a shock to people, but it doesn’t to me. There can be very deep, meaningful relationships between humans and their pets. Skatje Myers
And that my friends are what the Darwinists at Emory advocate, and that is what Dr. Carson fights against. God bless you Dr. Carson! scordova
yet more shameful [shameless] behaviour by the enthusiasts of Darwin. kairosfocus
"Evolution" in its full form is a belief in magic, with no experimental evidence to back it up. If Dante were to rewrite "Inferno" today, one corner of hell would be populated by an earnest bunch of true-believers in an eternal and unsuccessful quest to cause life to spring from non-life, with watchful demons ever present to step in at opportune times to say "terribly sorry, old chap, that particular method constitutes intelligent intervention -- you decided long ago that ID should't be allowed its foot in the door" SCheesman
It is absolutely frightening that people such Larry Moran are in positions that help shape in mold the minds of young people.
And we can also be thankful that Johns Hopkins didn't behave like the Jet Propulsion Lab. scordova
scordova: "Just as note, it would appear if the Larry Moran’s of the world had their way, talent like that of Dr. Carson would have been suppressed." It is absolutely frightening that people such Larry Moran are in positions that help shape in mold the minds of young people. KRock
Yeah, we wouldn't want anyone who doesn't genuflect to the Darwinian orthodoxy coming in and undoing all of our careful dished-out 4-year indoctrination program now would we? Eric Anderson
Dr. Ben Carson is a man of Godly integrity whom I personally admire greatly for his breakthrough accomplishments in neurosurgery. The alumni at Emory should be honored to have a man who overcame such adverse circumstances in his early life to become such a leading neurosurgeon speak to their students. That they would be so hostile to a Dr. of medicine who has the 'audacity' to believe that a human life is of infinite worth, and is not a accident as they believe, is a huge lapse in moral judgement for them to make of a Dr. of medicine! I don't know about them, but if I had to choose between a Doctor who thought my life had infinite value, and a Dr. who thought my life was a accident of time and chance, the choice is not even close!
Dr. Ben Carson - PBS profile - video http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/january-11-2008/dr-ben-carson/656/ Miracle Of Mind-Brain Recovery Following Hemispherectomies - Dr. Ben Carson - video http://www.metacafe.com/watch/3994585/ Removing Half of Brain Improves Young Epileptics' Lives: Excerpt: "We are awed by the apparent retention of memory and by the retention of the child's personality and sense of humor,'' Dr. Eileen P. G. Vining; In further comment from the neuro-surgeons in the John Hopkins study: "Despite removal of one hemisphere, the intellect of all but one of the children seems either unchanged or improved. Intellect was only affected in the one child who had remained in a coma, vigil-like state, attributable to peri-operative complications." http://www.nytimes.com/1997/08/19/science/removing-half-of-brain-improves-young-epileptics-lives.html
Music and verse:
Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpYeekQkAdc Psalm 37:12-13 The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.
Just as note, it would appear if the Larry Moran's of the world had their way, talent like that of Dr. Carson would have been suppressed.
Christian fundamentalists have erected very strong barriers against learning. It really doesn't matter how much they are exposed to rational thinking and basic scientific evidence. They still refuse to listen...This is one of the reasons why I would flunk them if they took biology ... Flunk the IDiots...40% of the freshman class [at UCSD] reject Darwinism... the university has become alarmed at the stupidity of its freshman class and has offered remedial instruction for those who believe in Intelligent Design Creationism...UCSD should not have required their uneducated students to attend remedial classes. Instead, they should never have admitted them in the first place...[T]he University should just flunk the lot of them and make room for smart students who have a chance of benefiting from a high quality education. http://www.evolutionnews.org/2008/04/censorship_of_intelligent_desi005036.html
The United Negro College fund has the saying, "a mind is a terrible thing to waste". But if Darwinists like Moran had their way, that's what they would have done to Dr. Carson. scordova

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