June 17, 2007

Ideology Over Competence Revisited: Bush's Nominee for Surgeon General

In case there was any doubt about the lengths to which the Bush administration will go to promote their Christian extremist ideology over competence, we have a reminder in the form of Dr. James Holsinger, Bush's nominee for Surgeon General. Not only did Dr. Holsinger help found a church that views homosexuality as a choice that can be "cured," but his writings reflect his beliefs that homosexuality is unhealthy.

If you are like me, you are asking yourself what a physician is doing founding conservative churches in the first place, but let's set that aside for now. It is of greater concern that we could end up with a Surgeon General who sounds like he received his medical training at Regents University.

From the Associate Press as reported on LEX18 News:
"He has a pretty clear bias against gays and lesbians," said Christina Gilgor, director of the Kentucky Fairness Alliance, a gay rights group. "This ideology flies in the face of current scientific medical studies. That makes me uneasy that he rejects and promotes ideology."
I'd like to suggest that Mr. Bush stop Brownbacking and find a nominee who is medically qualified without carrying the baggage of blatant, religiously-motivated homophobia. I wouldn't imagine that this would be particularly difficult. It seems like all Americans would benefit from having a rational Surgeon General.

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