Check out Bush’s new Surgeon General Nominee…

June 6, 2007

From Soulforce…

Soulforce today expressed deep concern over the nomination of Dr. James Holsinger for United States Surgeon General.

“As the leading spokesperson for matters of public health, the Surgeon General should be guided by sound medical science, not anti-gay views rooted in religion-based bigotry,” said Soulforce Executive Director Jeff Lutes.

Dr. Holsinger is the current president of the United Methodist Judicial Council. As a member of the council, he opposed the 2004 decision to allow Rev. Karen Dammann, a lesbian, to continue serving as a minister. He also upheld the 2004 defrocking of Rev. Beth Stroud, another lesbian minister, and sided with a Virginia pastor who denied church membership to an openly gay man. Soulforce stood in solidarity at the trials of Rev. Dammann and Rev. Stroud, challenging the unjust policy that bars gay men and lesbians from ordination in the United Methodist Church and the false doctrine that homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teaching.”

Holsinger co-founded Hope Springs Community Church, in Lexington, Kentucky, which operates an “ex-gay” ministry aimed at changing homosexuals to heterosexuals. Recent events have brought national attention to the existence of programs intended to modify same-sex desires, which continue to multiply in spite of the consensus of the major medical and mental health organizations that sexual orientation is not a disorder and is, therefore, not in need of a cure. The American Psychological Association identifies “depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior” among the possible risks associated with ex-gay therapies.

Read the rest here.  How somebody who ignores the medical community can benefit the country as top medical expert is beyond me.



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