Surgeon General Nominee Holsinger Has Broad Anti-gay Bias

Earlier this week I briefly mentioned George Bush’s nomination for U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. James Holsinger.

JamesholsingerHolsinger’s anti-gay bias has come under closer scrutiny in the past couple of days with the release of a paper he wrote in 1991 on the dangers of “anal eroticism” in which he concluded that gay sex is “intuitively” unnatural. Here’s a bit of it:

“In fact, the logical complementarity of the human sexes has been so recognized in our culture that it has entered our vocabulary in the form of naming various pipe fittings either the male fitting or the female fitting depending upon which one interlocks within the other. When the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur…”

The full document is here.

Holsinger also voted to oust a lesbian pastor from the United Methodist Church, the NYT reports:

“As president of the Methodist Church’s national Judicial Council, Holsinger voted last year to support a pastor who blocked a gay man from joining a congregation. In 2004, he voted to expel a lesbian from the clergy. The majority of the panel voted to keep the lesbian associate pastor in place, citing questions about whether she had openly declared her homosexuality, but Holsinger dissented.”

The congregation Holsinger helped establish, Hope Springs Community Church, as I noted earlier, advocates “curing” gays and lesbians.

Just one more fine nominee from George W. Bush.

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Bush’s Surgeon General nom: gay sex is hazardous to your health [pam’s house blend]