Bush Couldn’t Nominate His Way Out of a Paper Bag

Just when I think he’s fresh out of stupid, Bush pulls this guy out as a nominee for Surgeon General. 

The nominee, Kentucky cardiologist Dr. James Holsinger, serves as president of the United Methodist Church’s high court, its Judicial Council, and has made his negative views on homosexuality known for nearly two decades.

In the early 1990s, Holsinger resigned from the denomination’s Committee to Study Homosexuality because he believed the committee “would follow liberal lines,” according to Time magazine. At the time, he warned that acceptance of homosexuality would drive away millions of churchgoers. [must…please…the masses…]

As a member of the Judicial Council, he voted with the majority in 2005 that a Virginia pastor could deny church membership to an openly gay man.

So already we know he thinks homosexuality is a disease that needs curing. If you doubt it, note that his church  purports to “cure” homosexuals of their “lifestyle.” 

This puts him out of step with every professionally credible medical and psychological association in the U.S. (the ones who publish peer-reviewed journals and research).

And this guy is supposed to be America’s doctor?!

I’m sure he has good qualities, but PLEASE, can we just have a vacation from the religious right for five minutes? He’s a member of the Methodist Confessing Movement for pete’s sake–the most conservative and regressive branch of our denomination.

There was a time when a nomination like this would have been laughed off the hill before a hearing took place, but these days exclusion is the order of the day. He’ll probably get a medal of honor for his efforts to further disadvantage the hundreds of thousands of American families headed by gay people, including their children.

I’m not one to wish away time, but the end of Bush’s term in January 2009 can’t come soon enough for me.  The fact that we are over a year and a half away gives me a lump in my stomach. 

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5 Comments on “Bush Couldn’t Nominate His Way Out of a Paper Bag”

  1. gunstreamgirl Says:

    i’m going to start incorporating the term “fresh out of stupid” into as many conversations as i can.

    i wish january 2009 was here already, too.

  2. Rosie Says:

    Again, this sounds like one of those ‘methinks thou doth protest too much’ men that I see again and again in this administration.

    I agree, ‘fresh out of stupid’ is a great line. I think you send a resume to be on Hilary Clinton’s speech writing staff, she could use a little more country in her stiff-and-serious speeches.

  3. In this context, doesn’t time just seem to be dragging?
    The digits on those count-down meters can’t move fast enough for me.

  4. Citizen D Says:

    I realize the reign of stupidity is far from over. I also realize that, no matter the political climate, the president of the United States can do a great deal of damage or good. Still, I take some solace in the fact that he is now essentially a lame duck. The last congressional elections insured that his power will not continue to grow without any checks.

  5. Troy Says:

    You’re right CD. We can at least be thankful for that.

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