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posted by June 7 at 12:00 PMon
Posted by Sage Van Wing
In 1991, when Bush’s current Surgeon General nominee, Dr. James Holsinger, was serving on the Committee to Study Homosexuality of the United Methodist Church, he submitted a treatise entitled “Pathophysiology of Male Homosexuality.” The treatise claims, among other things, that Gay sex can lead to “lacerations, perforations and deaths.” Holsinger went on to claim that, from a medical perspective:
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 pipe fitting or the female pipe fitting depending upon which one interlocks within the other. When the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and disease may occur.
I always think of my genitalia in terms of plumbing. Clearly our medical decisions should be based on what is common vocabulary.
Not long after writing that paper, Holsinger resigned from the committee because he “felt certain its conclusions would follow liberal lines.” He also warned “that acceptance of homosexuality would drive away millions of churchgoers.” Holsinger went on to serve as Kentucky’s health secretary and chancellor of the University of Kentucky’s medical center. He also, with his wife, founded a congregation in Lexington, Kentucky, which helps some gay members to “walk out of that lifestyle.” According to its pastor, Rev. David Calhoun, Hope Springs Community Church “ministers to people who no longer wish to be gay or lesbian.”
As president of the Methodist Church’s national Judicial Council, Holsinger voted 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.