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Friday, June 15th 2007

More Controversy For The Administration

President Bush has nominated Dr. James Holsinger for Surgeon General. He appears more than qualified with his public and academic service.

Holsinger served as Kentucky’s health secretary and chancellor of the University of Kentucky’s medical center. He taught at several medical schools and spent more than three decades in the Army Reserve, retiring in 1993 as a major general.

But his position on homosexuality, especially voiced in roles in service to his church, is drawing much ire. In 1991 for a committee of the United Methodist Church, Dr. Holsinger published “The Pathophysiology of Male Homosexuality.”

I guess the question is: Do these views really speak to his ability in this job considering their age and the context in which they have been made? At the least the entire thing is a mess and unfortunate, considering the acting Surgeon General was such a friendly, easy going, competent guy when I met him last year. Sad to pass over Dr. Moritsugu for this big stinking mess.