Paul  Weyrich

Radical homosexual activists are at it again. They have condemned President George W. Bush's nomination of Dr. James W. Holsinger, Jr. for the post of United States Surgeon General. The reason for their condemnation is that he takes his Christian faith seriously. According to Article VI of the United States Constitution, " religious test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or Public trust under the United States." The only requirement for public officials is that they pledge to uphold the Constitution.

In our modern culture, however, few people know anything about the Constitution, and even fewer adhere to its principles. Instead, there is an abundance of politically active groups driven by personal agendas to radically alter our society without regard for the rule of law or the havoc their ideas may inflict upon American culture.

Dr. Holsinger is an active member of the United Methodist Church. In 2005 he served on the Church's Judicial Council, its highest judicial body, and voted with a majority of the members to remove a lesbian pastor from her post. The Council ruled as it did because it was bound to uphold the United Methodist Church's Book of Discipline, which forbids the ordination of ministers who are practicing homosexuals.

Holsinger's affiliation with a local United Methodist church that ministers to men and women who no longer want to practice homosexuality also has aroused the ire of the gay lobby, as has a paper for which he wrote while he was Chief Medical Director for the Department of Veterans Affairs. In the paper, Dr. Holsinger discusses homosexuality from a medical standpoint and asserts that homosexual sex leads to bodily trauma and diseases, a claim that statistics and death rates for many years have proven to be true.

These then are the political sins of a highly qualified and respected nominee for Surgeon General. Various groups, including Truth Wins Out, Soulforce and gay medical groups have strongly condemned the nomination. On June 4, the Human Rights Campaign issued a press release stating that it opposes Holsinger's nomination because he "has a record that is unqualified for America's doctor [because] his writings suggest a scientific view rooted in anti-gay beliefs that are incompatible with the job of serving the medical health of all Americans." The press release goes on to state that Dr. Holsinger's theological views are incompatible with his position, even though "the church's theology isn't being nominated."

Paul Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich is the late Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.
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