Surgeon General Update

When news of Bush’s nomination for Surgeon General was announced, Joel Ginsberg, executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, was quoted in the Lexington Herald-Leader saying “We can only hope that … Dr. Holsinger would rely on scientific data and not church doctrine.”

Apparently, we no longer have that hope. According to a press release from the Human Rights Campaign:

In a document titled “Pathophysiology of Male Homosexuality,” Dr. Holsinger opined, in his capacity as a physician, that biology and anatomy precluded considering GLBT equality in his denomination. The opinion very clearly states that this is his scientific view, stating that theological views are separate.

Not only does Holsinger seem to believe that homosexuality is a disease (thus using the term pathophysiology), he thinks that having this disease should preclude someone of equal rights.

That should scare every American, regardless of their opinions on gay rights.

Do you want a Surgeon General who considers health status to be a factor in determining a person’s civil rights? Do you want a Surgeon General who makes scientific and medical decisions based on his religious belief?

If not, please write or call the senators on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (listed in this post).

By the way, if that’s not enough for you, read this article about his lack of board certification, the $20,000 he apparently embezzled, and the deaths in a veteran’s hospital that he acknowledged blame for. Bush sure knows how to pick ’em, doesn’t he? I wonder if Holsinger’s nomination had anything to do with the $16,000 Holsinger has donated to Bush and other Republicans. Nah, couldn’t be.

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1 Comment

  1. June 7, 2007 at 9:04 am

    […] of  James Holsinger’s article, “Pathophysiology of Male Homosexuality” that I mentioned previously.  It’s a fascinating read. The man who our president has named to be the nation’s lead […]


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