Dr. James Holsinger may soon slide into the surgeon general chair.
Despite Congressional hesitation, the controversial “not anti-gay” doctor and United Methodist mouthpiece has been telling pals that President Bush will unceremoniously appoint him during the forthcoming legislative holiday. Frank Lockwood passes on the disturbing news:
[Holsinger] has resigned from the board of trustees of Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. The conservative school announced Holsinger’s decision in an e-mail this afternoon. Holsinger’s nomination, opposed by several leading Democrats, has stalled in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. But Holsinger is telling people the president plans to appoint him to the post anyway once the Congress goes into its holiday recess, a well-connected Wilmore source says.
Holsinger’s appointment would not only be an example of the Bush Administration’s flagrant disregard for power sharing, but would also recommit this White House’s dubious sense of moral and social justice. Why? Because of Holsinger’s past homophobia:
The anatomic and physiologic facts of alimentation and reproduction simply do not change based on any cultural setting. In fact, the logical complementarity of the human sexes has been so recognized in our culture that it has entered our vocabulary in the form of naming various pipe fittings either the male fitting or the female fitting depending upon which one interlocks within the other.
No doubt Ted Kennedy, who previously challenged Holsinger’s appointment, will have something to say about this political wheeling and dealing. And, hopefully, so will other prominent politicians. But, really, what can be done about this – and, what’s more, the election will clear the slate.