Bible Belt Blogger brings us this excerpt from the Family Research Council's "Dear Praying Friends" letter:
Surgeon General Nominee under Fire - Dr. James Holsinger, President Bush's nominee for Surgeon General, has been harshly condemned by pro-homosexual activists for a 1991 paper he wrote for the Methodist Church describing male gay sex as unnatural and unhealthy. Sen. Barak Obama (D-IL) attacked Holsinger and President Bush saying, "...The Surgeon General's office is no place for bigotry...that would trump sound science." But Holsinger's work catalogued the obvious. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that of over 600,000 American men with AIDS, the largest category is men who practice homosexuality. Other diseases such as hepatitis, cancer, gonorrhea, and syphilis are increasingly prevalent in the homosexual community. Dr. Holsinger's credentials are impeccable. He served as Kentucky's health secretary, chancellor of the University of Kentucky's medical center, has taught at several medical schools and spent over three decades in the Army Reserve, retiring in 1993 as a major general. Holsinger is being subjected to character assassination for doing precisely what a Surgeon General should do, bring health facts to light. (see Resume, Negative Effects, Fairness)
Pray that Dr. Holsinger will receive an honest and fair hearing from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
May the larger effort to make approval of the homosexual lifestyle a qualification for public office not succeed (Pr 6:16-18; 17:15; Ps 31:11-13; Zec 8:16-17; Eph 4:25; Rev 12:10).
For those of you interested, here is what Holsinger wrote about homosexuals here - and see our previous discussion. It's interesting, many religious groups have refused to endorse or challenged Holsinger. Notably, Fred Phelps and his band of merry Baptists is supportive of Holsinger's nomination. You know it's bad when you need support and the only people who show up are either the KKK, or the crazy preacher who holds up the "God Hates Fags" signs.
This is also why I consider the Family Research Council a denialist organization. In support of Holsigner's bad science they have claimed that such research is sound, citing such research as this. Such research is by no means the mainstream view of medical science, is actually quite the opposite of what most doctors and medical experts believe, and Box Turtle Bulletin shows why Holsinger's report is the classic compilation of cherry-picked data, misrepresentation and lies about scientific findings.
It would be one thing if the just said they don't like gays or that they believe it's immoral. So what? People are going to be bigots, there is very little one can do, and it at least would be an honest position. But it's completely different when groups like these try to suggest that science is on their side when it clearly is not. It is completely absurd to assert that there are scientific reasons homosexuality should be immoral or is fundamentally unhealthy, and such misrepresentations and lies are a testament to the "values" these family organizations truly hold to. That's why the fake family values organizations aren't just bigots, they're denialists too.
Write you senator, oppose this nomination, the Surgeon General should not be a homobigot.
The continuing spiraling of America's government down some
religious hole is getting scarier with each news release.
By the way, am I the only cad getting sick of people blindly linking anal sex to homosexuality? If anal sex is a 'problem', then it's a human sexuality problem. Many heterosexual males enjoy it also. If lesbians make up 50% of homosexuals and there is a substantial percentage of gay males who don't have the urge to participate in anal sex whatsoever (me included), then...well, maybe one can surmise the point of my digression.
That's part of the problem with his so-called research paper into homosexuality - and one of the big cherry picks.
He uses data from a paper discussing the kinds of trauma that can happen from anal sex - yet the study was based on data from heterosexuals!
"By the way, am I the only cad getting sick of people blindly linking anal sex to homosexuality?"
The reason homosexuals are finally getting some acceptance is because they are being thought of less as just 'the bottom-bangers with dirty-dicks' and more as people. But given the human fascination with anything sexual, its not going to cease being an issue for a long time.