From The Project to Restore America:
If only we could all speak so freely as Dr. Ben Carson.
He is the head of pediatric neurosurgery at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital, one of the best hospitals in the world. He grew up in poverty in Detroit, raised by a single mother who made her sons read two library books each week and write reports on them. She couldn't read them, but they didn't know.
Last week he addressed the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., a preeminent annual get-together held since 1953. It is hosted by members of Congress and focused on finding common ground through faith. Every president attends and it is billed as one of the only nonpolitical events in the capital.
Dr. Carson's speech ignited a firestorm from both left and right on cable news in the past week, with some on both sides calling for him to apologize to President Barack Obama for making overtly partisan remarks.
Many on the right praised him for attacking the president, who sat a few feet away from him during his address, with Fox News inviting him on multiple programs.
CNN's Candy Crowley asked a panel of guests if his remarks were "offensive."
And Cal Thomas, a conservative columnist who organizes a media dinner connected with the event wrote, "Our politics have become so polarized and corrupted that a president of the United States cannot even attend an event devoted to drawing people closer to God and bridge partisan and cultural divides without being lectured about his policies."
... But all those either offended by Dr. Carson's speech or those thrilled that he allegedly berated the president in his presence missed the point. Only those who see life filtered through a political lens would have taken his remarks that way.
His main point, the one he led with and returned to repeatedly, was about freedom of speech. "We've reached the point where people are afraid to actually talk about what they want to say because somebody might be offended," he said.
He called political correctness "dangerous" because it "keeps people from discussing important issues while the fabric of this society is being changed." He added, "what we need to do in this politically correct world is forget about unanimity of speech and unanimity of thought, and we need to concentrate on being respectful of those people with whom we disagree."
He went on to lay out the biggest moral problems facing America in his mind...
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