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Pray the Gay Away

our_daily_bread_annual_bible_reading_plans.jpgGeorge W. Bush has nominated a Surgeon General who promotes healing gays by praying away their lifestyle. Yup, you read that right: Bush's nominee for Surgeon General believes that gays should just pray harder to be cured of their choice. Except, of course, he doesn't want gays to minister or become church members:

Dr. James Holsinger appears to be a heavily "faith-based" religio-political activist, and isn't likely to serve the health interests of the full and diverse community of tax-paying Americans. His record as a member and current president of the United Methodist Judicial Council, the highest church court for the Methodist Church in the US, includes votes against allowing a lesbian associate pastor, and also supporting the denial of church membership to a gay man. The latter decision was overturned by the church's Bishops.

Hope Springs Community Church, founded by Dr. Holsinger and his wife when they were asked to leave their previous United Methodist church in Lexington, Kentucky, is, um, "recovery-oriented." Recovery from gayitude is one of the recoveries he preaches:

Hope Springs also ministers to people who no longer wish to be gay or lesbian, [minister David] Calhoun said. "We see that as an issue not of orientation but of lifestyle," he said. "We have people who seek to walk out of that lifestyle."

Sportin' Life, who blogs at Pam's House Blend (which I recommend for daily visits), sums up what we need to do about this new anti-science, anti-gay atrocity from BushCo:

This appointment needs approval from the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, which is composed of the following members: Democrats Chairman Edward Kennedy (MA) Christopher Dodd (CT) Tom Harkin (IA) Barbara A. Mikulski (MD) Jeff Bingaman (NM) Patty Murray (WA) Jack Reed (RI) Hillary Rodham Clinton(NY) Barack Obama (IL) Bernard Sanders (I) (VT) Sherrod Brown (OH) Republicans Michael B. Enzi (WY) Judd Gregg (NH) Lamar Alexander (TN) Richard Burr (NC) Johnny Isakson (GA) Lisa Murkowski (AK) Orrin G. Hatch (UT) Pat Roberts (KS) Wayne Allard (CO) Tom Coburn (OK)

You can get their staffers on the phone by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202 224 3121. You can submit email comments to the HELP Committee at You can find contact information for individual Senators here..

I was very happy to see the email for the committee in Sportin' Life's post, so I'll repeat it:

Here's my email to the Committee:

Please reject the nomination of James Holsinger to be Surgeon General of the United States. It is shameful that President Bush nominated a man who believes the gay can be prayed away. Please reject this nomination and insist the President appoint a modern, science-believing physican who will not lie to the American people and who will not let his religious beliefs color his medical advice. In the 21st century, we need more than medievalism and know-nothingness in our Surgeon General. Thank you.

It seems ridiculous to need to say it, but: Senators, we don't want a Surgeon General who says gays can pray it away. We'd like a 21st century doctor, if BushCo could find us one who doesn't kill cats and misdiagnose comatose women from a distance. Please.


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