Friday, November 16, 2007

Dems Reportedly May Use Tactic To Thwart Bush Recess Appointment of Homophobic Surgeon General

Rumors have been circulating that the Chimperator may try to use a recess appointment tactic to move move forward on his appointment of wingnut Christianist James Holsinger to be Surgeon General. Frankly, I am getting very much over the Democrats lacking any balls and wringing their hands as Bush just brazens his way forward. If this tactic will blog someone clearly not qualified from being appointed, I am all for it. Here are some highlights from (

(Washington) Senate Democrats are reportedly considering a procedural maneuver to prevent President Bush from using using Congress's recess to skirt a vote on James Holsinger to be Surgeon General. Roll Call reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is considering technically cancelling the recess. According to the report Reid is mulling a "pro forma" session. In essence it would mean several members of the Senate would show up on the floor every three days keeping the Senate session alive. With no recess Bush would not be able to make a recess appointment.

During Senate health committee hearings on Holsinger's nomination committee chair Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), said he was worried that if confirmed, Holsinger would let his own ideological beliefs cloud his scientific judgment. He referred to the paper that Holsinger wrote on homosexuality for a study committee of the United Methodist Church. (story)

In a document titled "Pathophysiology of Male Homosexuality," Holsinger stated that in his capacity as a physician biology and anatomy precluded considering LGBT equality in the United Methodist Church. In the document he took lengths to say that his opinion was his scientific view and that his theological views are separate.

Holsinger and his wife were founders of Hope Springs Community Church, in Lexington, which operates a so-called "ex-gay" ministry. Both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association have condemned so-called conversion therapy.

In short, Holsinger is basically the equivalent of an African witch doctor when it comes to his views on homosexuality.

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