Claim:   Dr. Ben Carson said that “anatomically, a Muslim’s brain is wired differently than ours.”


Example:   [Collected via Facebook, September 2015]

I’ve seen this referenced in the last few days by Carson opponents: ‘Dr. Ben Carson: A Muslim’s Brain is Different’


Origins:   On 28 September 2015, the National Report web site published an article reporting that Republican presidential candidate (and former neurosurgeon) Dr. Ben Carson had proclaimed that “a Muslim’s brain is different”:

Speaking with Phil Hemmer via satellite on Fox News’ Happening Now, former neurosurgeon and current Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson stood firm on his position that a Muslim should never be president of the United States.

Last week, during an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, Carson created a media firestorm after saying that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.”

Carson doubled down on Sunday saying, “I’ve worked with Muslims, I’ve trained Muslims, I’ve performed brain surgery on Muslims. I can tell you that, anatomically, a Muslim’s brain is wired differently than ours.”

Carson continued, “The orbital cortex is the area involved with ethical behavior, moral decision-making, and impulse control. The Muslim brain has very low orbital cortex activity, which means less than normal suppression of behaviors such as rage and violence. Add to this their belief in Sharia Law and you have recipe for disaster. No, I would certainly not advocate for a Muslim to ever be president of the United States.”

Although Dr. Carson did generate controversy by stating on Meet the Press that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation” because Islam is not “consistent with the Constitution,” the rest of the National Report article — about his supposedly asserting that “a Muslim’s brain is wired differently than ours” — is a total fabrication.

The National Report is a fake news site whose disclaimer page notes that all of the site’s articles are fiction:

National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental.

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