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Doctor Fired for Telling Truth about Homosexual Activity while Criticizing Hospital Involvement in Gay Pride Events

This story is an example of what may soon be happening to anyone (and everyone) who believes that homosexual behavior is not the best thing for people to participate in.

The website Mass Resistance is reporting that a Doctor who has been working at a Harvard-affiliated hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), was recently let go because he had voiced his concerns about the hospital’s pro-gay agenda.

Dr. Paul Church is a highly respected urologist who has been on staff at BIDMC for almost 30 years, and in that time has never had a complaint from a homosexual patient about his bedside manner or the way that they were treated. None of that matters in our modern and increasingly intolerant America.

 

Over a decade ago, Dr. Church became concerned about the hospital’s aggressive promotion of and involvement in LGBT activities — including Boston’s annual “Gay Pride Week” – and its emphatic push for staff participation in them. He felt compelled to speak out.

Through emails to hospital officials and later posting on the hospital’s Intranet system, Dr. Church cited irrefutable medical evidence that high-risk sexual practices common to the LGBT community lead to (among other things) a higher incidence of HIV/AIDS, STD’s, hepatitis, parasitic infections, anal cancers, and psychiatric disorders.

Promoting such behavior, he said, is contrary to the higher mission of the healthcare facility to protect the public welfare and encourage healthy lifestyles.  Dr. Church also reminded the administration that its staff and employees represent a diversity of moral and religious views, and many believe that homosexuality is unnatural and immoral.

On March 30, 2015, the Medical Executive Committee announced its decision. Dr. Church was informed that because of his “unsolicited views about homosexuality that were offensive to BIDMC Staff,” he was being terminated from the hospital staff. Further, he was told that that his statements on the subject of homosexuality were “inconsistent with the established standards of professional conduct” and constituted a violation of the hospital’s “Discrimination and Harassment Policy.” 

 

PChurch_150Dr. Church was expelled not because he had done something wrong, or said something that was incorrect… but simply because he had dared to speak the truth. He reported factual information about the medical dangers of homosexuality, stated that he did not think it was best for a hospital to encourage sexual practices that increase the risk of health dangers, and he asked that he not be sent pro-gay emails to his work email account because he personally disagreed with the moral implications.

For these “sins” he was canned. And don’t expect anyone in the media to notice the terrible injustice of a person being fired for believing something that runs counter to the popular opinion in his workplace. They only pay attention when a Christian organization (like a school) fires someone for acting out in a manner that is contrary to the organization’s beliefs (like a gay principal getting “married”). In the eyes of the left, it’s okay to fire Dr. Church for believing the wrong thing, but it’s not okay for firing a gay man for practicing things that are contrary to your beliefs.

Hypocrisy anyone?

Dr. Church wrote a statement to the committee that ended up sacking him, his hope had been that they would realize the attacks against him were specious, but they instead chose to make him an example for anyone else considering standing against the immoral status quo.

 

Here’s a little of what Dr. Church said:

In my clinical practice I have had dozens of patients who would self identify as members of the LGBT community, for whom I have provided compassionate, respectful care, and none have lodged accusations of discrimination or unprofessional behavior.  Indeed, I want to make it very clear that I am not here today because of any charges relating to patient care or professional conduct involving doctor-patient interactions. Former president Paul Levy did conduct his own in-house review of my record and found no indiscretions. He later defended the right of staff, including me, to hold contrary views without being subjected to disciplinary action or dismissal. In an exchange on his own blog on May 19, 2007, he stated, “This is a free country, and people are allowed to express their views. As long as we have no indication that patients are harmed by a doctor, or likely to be harmed, we have no right to remove privileges.” I point this out, because it is still absolutely applicable today…

I have done nothing wrong, unprofessional, or unethical.   I respectfully submit that the administration acknowledge the diversity of moralities and worldviews, including religious convictions, represented among its staff, employees, patients, and larger community and remain neutral to any social agendas, including that of the LGBT advocates. This also means being mindful of the Judeo-Christian roots of our two institutions and respectful of the orthodox views of those religious traditions that do not accept homosexuality as normative or admirable. Furthermore, I urge the medical center to honor its greater commitment and higher calling to promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles.

 

Read the rest of his statement here, and see the board members who chose to expel him for simply speaking the truth.

 

If you want to get involved, contact the President of BIDMC – Kevin Tabb, MD. Express your frustration, concern, anger and dismay with how Dr. Church has been treated by the hospital and demand that he be reinstated immediately!

Kevin Tabb, MD
President and CEO, BIDMC
Feldberg 230
Boston, MA  02215
Phone: 617-667-4607
Fax: 617-667-3626
[email protected]

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About the author

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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