Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"Victim" alert: Dr. Paul Church

Dr. Paul Church
A new (old) boo-hoo is emerging about a physician who has been persecuted by the Homosexual Agenda™. It seems that Dr. Paul Church, a Massachusetts urologist, felt compelled to share his homophobic views in mass emails with his colleagues at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. He also posted similar views as comments on the health system's intranet. Eventually, after numerous warnings, the hospital revoked Church's privileges.

The hospital's disciplinary process apparently commenced in 2011. Church's removal from the staff occurred in March of this year and the hospital denied his appeal in September.


Now Church is represented by Liberty Counsel — it's the American way. “Dr. Church was censured and subjected to disciplinary action for stating an objection on medical and religious grounds to the promotion of homosexuality,” says Richard Mast, a Liberty Counsel attorney representing Church.

Church did not like the fact that the hospital was associated with, or advising employees of, gay pride events. According to a comment that he posted in 2013:
Celebrating sexual perversions is highly inappropriate, especially in the context of a medical center that should be aware of the negative health consequences of high risk behaviors. It also ignores and dishonors the religious convictions and moral objections that many members of the hospital community share who are opposed to these behaviors.
Other comments include:
The evidence is irrefutable that behaviors common within the homosexual community are unhealthy and high risk for a host of serious medical consequences, including STD's, HIV and AIDS, anal cancer, hepatitis, parasitic intestinal infections, and psychiatric disorders.
And:
Life expectancy is significantly decreased as a result of HIV/AIDS, complications from the other health problems, and suicide. This alone should make it reprehensible to the medical community, who has an obligation to promote and model healthy behaviors and lifestyles.
The appropriate medical advocacy should be for the use of condoms. Perhaps Church's solution is for people to stop being gay. If gays do, in fact, commit suicide at a rate greater than the general public, it is because of people like Church. Attorney Mast also stated:
Dr. Church has objected to the promotion of homosexuality because of the inherent dangers of homosexual activity … Dr. Church has repeatedly made known his objections in a medical capacity, and his wishes that he not be the recipient of these [LGBT] events based on his Christian-based beliefs. Both of those requests have been ignored.
Among other things, Mast is claiming that it is the hospital's fault for not removing Church from mass emails about pride events. Aside from the administrative difficulties in doing so Church would then claim that a poster on a bulletin board resulted in a comment on the intranet. It is also not explained why receipt of an email requires a response. It is typical Liberty Counsel nonsense. It is also telling that the original vendor of this story in March was the hate group Mass Resistance.

Speech in the workplace is a complicated issue. However, employers do have a right to protect employees from the abusive speech of coworkers. Indeed, they incur the potential liability of fostering a toxic workplace if they fail to curb the expressions of people like Church. Furthermore, employers have an absolute right to dictate what is permissible to be transmitted on, or through, their data network.

Had Church's musings been anti-Semitic or racist it would not have taken the hospital four years (perhaps even as long as four days) to oust him. His termination would have support limited to the Stormfront set and (perhaps) Liberty Counsel would not be representing him. Unfortunately sensitivities towards gay citizens have not yet reached that point.

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