The New York Times becomes the latest voice to oppose the confirmation of Dr. James Holsinger as the Bush Administration's new Surgeon General. Like many others, the editors were particularly repulsed by the doctor's 1991 position paper that described homosexuality as abnormal.
The Bush administration says the white paper reflected the scientific understanding of the time, but it reads like a veneer of science cloaking an aversion to homosexuality. The committee should examine whether Dr. Holsinger cherry-picked the literature or represented it objectively. Most important, it must determine whether Dr. Holsinger holds these benighted views today. The Senate should not confirm a surgeon general who considers practicing homosexuals abnormal and diseased.
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