The LBGT community has strong supporters. So much so, that even speaking about the health issues related to homosexuality got one prominent physician fired and blackballed. The politically incorrect truth was the ammunition against a urologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), the Harvard-affiliated Boston hospital. He spoke against the hospital’s support of “gay pride” activities and high-risk sexual behavior.
Dr. Paul Church worked on staff for BIDMC for 30 years, but he was fired for emailing officials about the irrefutable health risks concerning LGBT practices. He argued that the hospital’s support of “Gay Pride Week” was contrary to the healthcare facility’s mission to promote healthy lifestyles.
He also asserted that the of Beth Israel employees represent a wide variety of moral and religious viewpoints. Many of the staff members view homosexuality as unnatural and immoral. While trying to speak up for the health of his patients and the religious harassment he and others were subjected to at work, his reward for conscientiousness was termination.
The hospital did not refute the truth of his medical opinions. Homosexuality leads to a higher incidence of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, hepatitis, parasitic infections, anal cancers, and psychiatric disorders.
Medical administrators ignored Church’s comments. And although this physician never discussed such issues with patients or treated anyone with less than his best, the administration attempted to silence and censor him.
He was told that his strictures on homosexual behaviors were “discrimination and harassment,” which was “offensive to BIDMC staff.” Originally, he was ordered to the Chief of Surgery’s office and told that he would either resign or face an investigation.
Dr. Church chose the formal conduct assessment. A group of staff physicians listened to his arguments and then coldly refused to heed his concerns. The committee issued a “letter of reprimand” stating, “You shall have no communications [in any manner, to anyone in the hospital] concerning your opinion about sexual orientation, homosexuality, or other protected status.”
Notice the words “protected status.” It’s horribly alarming to many conservatives because it means that free speech must bow to the dictates of the feelings of a minuscule percentage of the population. Not only was Dr. Church’s evidence brushed aside, he was forbidden to speak about life-threatening medical facts. The precedence set by the committee’s judgement meant that Church’s rights must give way to homosexuals’ opinions.
After the ruling, he only asked that the administration would stop sending promotions about LGBT activities to his hospital email. The hospital refused and continued to send gay-rights information to him and all the staff members. They said that such a “gag order” was possibly illegal. Perhaps they think harassment is a sanctioned form of communication.
In fact, over the next 24 months the emails became more and more frequent. However, at the same time, scores of letters from colleagues, health experts and ethics experts flowed to the committee. People were supporting Dr. Church in an outpouring of personal requests.
However, advocating healthy lifestyles is apparently against Beth Israel policy. The committee told Church that because of his “unsolicited views about homosexuality that were offensive to BIDMC Staff,” he was fired. He was further informed that his statements on the subject of the LGBT lifestyle were “inconsistent with the established standards of professional conduct” and constituted a violation of the hospital’s “Discrimination and Harassment Policy.”
Because Dr. Church dared to voice the real risks of sexual behaviors that are incompatible with a healthy lifestyle, he was removed from his position.
Medical professionals are supposed to speak truthfully and help patients, but when Dr. Church did that very thing, he was ostracized, ridiculed, and harassed. Any form of the truth is despicable to LGBT democrat liberals. They fight it with every breath.
Being politically correct shouldn’t outweigh the facts. Children today are presented with propaganda that promotes the gay lifestyle without understanding any of the dangers. Dr. Church tried to change that, but he was derided, scorned and silenced.