Ben Carson’s Secret Ties To Hate Group Revealed

Ben Carson is connected to a virulent anti-gay hate group via a super PAC that has supported his Republican presidential campaign.

The 2016 Committee has raised over $5 million on the behalf of Ben Carson. At the same time, the group was listed as a conference sponsor for the World Congress of Families through their listing for a partner booth.

Speakers at the World Congress espouse a strong, anti-gay hate message:

The speakers at the international event included Theresa Okafor, who once compared the LGBT movement to Boko Haram, Archpriest Dmitri Smirnov, who refers to gay people as “homosexualists,” and Eric Teetsel, who espouses the belief that God has sent the LGBT movement to inform the world about the impending End Times.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated the World Congress as a hate group, citing its previous event’s speakers as evidence. They note that the World Congress is “one of the key driving forces behind the U.S. Religious Right’s global export of homophobia and sexism.”

The Daily Beast reports that the World Congress has ties to Scott Lively, who has written a book – The Pink Swastika – alleging that gay people caused the Holocaust. Lively was also an adviser to sponsors of Uganda’s “kill the gays” bill, which sought to criminalize same-sex relationships, punishable by the death penalty.

The World Congress has also been an ally to Russia’s Vladimir Putin, helping the passage of a law in that country which effectively criminalized homosexuality. That law has faced widespread condemnation from the international community. Since then, anti-gay gangs have stalked and harassed people and couples in Russia, sometimes beating them up and filming gays being humiliated for their sexual orientation.

The World Congress’ retrograde position to gay people would seem to fit in with Carson. He previously compared same-sex marriages to bestiality and pedophilia, while also blaming same-sex marriage for the fall of the Roman Empire.

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