Appearing for an interview with CNN this Wednesday night, Dr. Ben Carson wanted to say that he understands that gays are oppressed, but really the issue we should be talking about is Christian persecution.

The comments are part of his attempt to recover from comments he previously made stating that he knew homosexuality was a choice because guys choose to turn gay when they go to prison.

He really said that.

I was a little bit irritated that he was equating the whole [homosexuality] issue with the Civil Rights movement. Because, quite frankly, I didn’t  remember any times when there were signs up that says, you know, ‘everybody else here and gay people have to drink at this fountain.’

Carson seems to to be saying that the LGBT community and Christians have something in common: discrimination.

I’m saying there – every group faces some type of discrimination. Christians face a lot of discrimination. I wish we would talk more about that.

The fly in Carson’s ointment though is that most of what he and other Christians believe to be their persecution is little more than perceived persecution. Christians make up, by some estimates, as much as 70 percent of the population in America. If anyone is oppressing Christians in America, it is likely to be other Christians.

Watch Ben Carson’s backwards remarks below.