In April, Dr. Ben Carson withdrew as the graduation speaker at Johns Hopkins University because of increasing pressure from students about his controversial comments on gay marriage. In a recent article on New Republic, Michael Kinnsley criticizes Hopkins for pressuring Carson to withdraw because of his support for traditional marriage.
“Hopkins, as a private institution, may not have been constitutionally required to let Carson speak. But it was wrong for the university, once the invitation had been extended, to make Carson feel unwanted to the point of withdrawing,” according to Kinnsley. He continues that Paul Rothman, dean of the Johns Hopkins medical school “failed to defend a real core value of the university: tolerance."
When Carson withdrew, Rothman reacted by criticizing Carson for being “hurtful.” Rothman’s analysis of the situation was that “the fundamental principle of freedom of expression has been placed in conflict with our core values of diversity, inclusion and respect.”
But in Kinnsley's eyes, one thing Carson was really wrong about is letting Hopkins off the hook.
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