Senator Ted Kennedy dug into Surgeon General Dr. James Holsinger during today’s Senate hearing. The senator from Massachusetts eschewed questions on obesity and tobacco, two of Holsinger’s medical missions, and instead asked the Kentucky based doctor about that now infamous anti-gay, United Methodist Church-backed paper, “Pathophysiology of Male Homosexuality”:
This grave misuse of science gravely concerns me, and I need to hear from Dr. Holsinger himself that he will not similarly misuse his position to push his personal ideological beliefs over scientific research.
Not surprisingly Holsinger denied being a homophobic fundamentalist.
The bearded physician told the Senate:
Since my nomination on May 24, there have been several statements made about me. Questions have been raised about my faith and about my commitment to ensuring the health and welfare of all Americans, including gay and lesbian Americans.
I am deeply troubled by these claims, which do not reflect who I am, what I believe or the work I have accomplished in over 40 years of practicing medicine. … Let me be clear – I have a profound respect for the essential human dignity of all people regardless of background or sexual orientation.
Holsinger also insisted the paper had no scientific backing and “doesn’t represent where I am today”. We suppose people can change, although we’re a not sure we buy it.
Meanwhile, presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Chris Dodd, all of whom have questioned Holsinger’s medical merits, failed to show up to the hearing. They will, however, be appearing at HRC’s gay debate.