Dr. James Holsinger has been nominated as possible next Surgeon General of the United States.
Box Turtle BulletinÂ looks atÂ the scientificÂ inaccuraciesÂ in a 1991Â medicalÂ paperÂ Holsinger wroteÂ called PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF MALE HOMOSEXUALITY submitted to the United Methodist church. (Can be found at Bible Belt Blogger.)
Talk2Action looks at Holsinger’s connections to a privately funded Washington group called the Institute of Religion and Democracy that is dedicated to ‘wedging’ a practise developed to split mainline US protestant denominations.
Some religious right groups in the US are saying opposition to Holinger’s name being put forward is religious discrimination.Â
OthersÂ areÂ understandably leery of HolingersÂ acceptance of reparative therapy.
Many have no use for his misuse of medical scienceÂ when heÂ promoted his views to the United Methodist Church committees ( including judicial)Â he served on.
If he is unable to represent medical studies accurately, perhaps citizens and Dr. HolingerÂ would be better served if he practised his medicine as he is currently doing as a professorÂ instead of becoming ‘America’s’ doctor.
AÂ fewÂ responsibilities of the successful candidate of this four year post require:
Â -To articulate scientifically based health policy analysis
- To articulate scientifically based health policy analysis (both nationally and internationally).Â I doubt the international community is going to appreciate a doctor involved in and promotingÂ ’reparative therapy’ which has been rejected by medical associations world wide
- the advancement of appropriate standards and research priorities
Other: Canadian Cynic