SPLC Apologizes To Dr. Ben Carson For Putting Him On Its so-called Extremist List
The Daily Caller Reports:
Retired neurosurgeon and possible 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson isn't an anti-gay extremist after all, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Under intense scrutiny after it was revealed that the civil rights organization had lumped Carson in with the likes of KKK members and other zealots on its "extremist watch list," the SPLC announced on Wednesday that it was scrubbing Carson's name.
The group also issued Carson an apology.
The SPLC placed Carson on the list in October, but the designation was not widely noticed until last week when it was flagged by the blog Legal Insurrection.
Carson's sin, according to the SPLC, were statements he's made in public venues such as "Marriage is between a man and a woman; It's a well-established pillar of society."
"We've also come to the conclusion that the question of whether a better-researched profile of Dr. Carson should or should not be included in our "Extremist Files" is taking attention from the fact that Dr. Carson has, in fact, made a number of statements that express views that we believe most people would conclude are extreme," SPLC's statement reads.