Harvard Doctor Lost Hospital Privileges for Speaking the Truth

Dec 18, 2015

Boston, MA — Dr. Paul Church, a highly credentialed doctor, has released a statement to the press and public after the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) revoked his hospital admission privileges, and its Board of Directors rejected his appeal of this decision. Dr. Church raised concerns for medical reasons to BIDMC’s annual promotion of homosexual conduct. A member of Harvard’s Medical Staff, Dr. Church has worked at BIDMC for 28 years. In an email questioning whether BIDMC should be promoting homosexual conduct, Dr. Church cited documented medical health risks, including research published by the Centers for Disease Control, a federal agency.

Dr. Church’s situation illustrates the deep and growing intolerance of homosexual activists to hear the truth. Now, even a medical expert, speaking medical facts, citing the Centers for Disease Control’s own body of research, is subject to attack, silencing, and removal from his position. The real problem here is that BIDMC leadership abandoned its medical and moral responsibility to encourage healthy behaviors, and instead has begun aggressively endorsing and promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activities. The health risks of same-sex sexual conduct, especially men who have sex with men (the CDC refers to this category as MSM), are not in dispute among medical research.

“Medical healthcare providers should not hide the dangers of same-sex sexual conduct. Silencing the truth does not change the facts that same-sex conduct is harmful,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “Anyone who cares about people, like Dr. Church, would publicize the known risks of homosexual activity. By attacking a messenger of truth, homosexual activists expose that they care more about their own political goals and personal feelings than they care about the well-being of people,” said Staver.

Because Dr. Church was officially classified as a physician with admission privileges at BIDMC, and not an “employee,” Title VII does not protect him like it protects others at BIDMC from illegal discrimination. It is very disturbing when a medical facility chooses politically charged pandering over medically proven facts.

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