More opposition to Dr. James Holsinger, the Bush Administration's controversial nominee to become the next surgeon general. Dr. Joycelyn Elders, former Surgeon General in the first Clinton Administration, told Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Religion Editor Frank Lockwood, "It would be very difficult for me to feel that this is the person that we should be confirming in this day and time with all the problems we have, related to sexual heath and all the problems we’re getting into ... It’s very disturbing to me when someone does not feel that all people are equal, irregardless to our sexual orientation."
Also, some frank discussion on HIV and black gay men, often ignored in the media and especially on the religion pages: "When 56 percent of the young black gay men in our nation’s capital are HIV positive, that’s higher than in sub-Saharan Africa. How can we say that we’re a sexually healthy nation."
Holsinger's record includes opposition to a lesbian pastor, a 1991 position paper that described gay sex as unnatural and unhealthy, and, his role in co-founding a congregation that operates an "ex-gay" ministry. Dr. Joyceleyn Elders is no stranger to controversy; in 1994, President Clinton fired her Jafter she told a forum on AIDS that children “perhaps should be taught” masturbation.
Joycelyn Elders on Surviving Nomination [Bible Belt Blog]
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