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.