Monday, June 25, 2007

When do we get around to posting a new Witchfinder General?

Do you ever get the feeling sometimes that Bush purposely does things just to stir up shit?

A couple of weeks ago, Bush gave the name of his choice for the next Surgeon General:

"Today, I have announced my intention to nominate James W. Holsinger, Jr., to serve as the 18th Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Holsinger is an accomplished physician who has led one of our Nation's largest healthcare systems, the State of Kentucky's health care system, and the University of Kentucky's medical center. He also has taught at several American medical schools, and he served more than three decades in the United States Army Reserve, retiring in 1993 as a Major General."

What Bush fails to mention is that Holsinger is also a high-ranking official in the United Methodist Church, being one of the nine members of the United Methodist Judicial Council, the church's highest court.

It isn't too shocking that Bush willfully omitted this part of Holsinger's resume, seeing as how his constant hard-on for not-so-subtly injecting religion into governmental roles is constantly under fire.

But, to be totally rational, belonging to a church council shouldn't automatically void your ability to serve in a government position, should it? Of course not.

Let's look a little closer, shall we?

Holsinger and his wife are also the founders of the Hope Springs Community Church, a church with programs to help homeless people, and aid those suffering from addiction to drugs, alcohol, and even sex. Holsinger's pastor, the Rev. David Calhoun of Hope Springs Community Church in Lexington, also mentioned another habit that Holsinger's church helps people kick:

Hope Springs also ministers to people who no longer wish to be gay or lesbian, 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."

That's right, Bush's proposed candidate for "America's Doctor" cures gay people.

What could I possibly add to that? Bush continues to write his own punchlines.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Church and State. Weren't they *supposed* to be separate?

And as for the cure... man, I got nothin'. Sheesh.