Reinstate Dr. Church Immediately!
Dr. Church, a well-respected urologist, was expelled from the medical staff of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a major Harvard-affiliated hospital in Boston, for telling his colleagues about research regarding the health risks of homosexual acts and the moral issues surrounding it.
Sign this petition to tell BIDMC to reinstate Dr. Church immediately!
Dr. Church is being charged with posting three short comments on the BIDMC internal website during 2013 and 2014, in violation of a gag order issued in 2011. One of his postings was about research regarding the health consequences of those behaviors, and two of his posts contained Bible verses regarding the morality of the behavior.
Over a decade ago, Dr. Church became concerned about BIDMC's aggressive promotion of and involvement in LGBT activities - including Boston’s annual “Gay Pride Week” – and its emphatic push for staff participation in them. He felt compelled to speak out.
Promoting homosexual behavior, Dr. Church argued, was contrary to the higher mission of the healthcare facility to protect the public welfare and encourage healthy lifestyles. Dr. Church also reminded the administration that its staff and employees represent a diversity of moral and religious views, and many believe that homosexuality is unnatural and immoral.
The hospital did not at any time dispute the truth of his medical statements, nor did they address his other concerns. In addition, they never claimed that Dr. Church discussed these issues with patients, or treated patients any differently if they were involved with these behaviors.
Dr. Church met with increasingly harsh efforts by the hospital administration to silence and censor him. They told him that his admonitions were “offensive to BIDMC staff,” and could not be tolerated.
In 2011 he was issued a “gag order” against discussing anything related to homosexuality to hospital staff. Dr. Church was told that his views were not allowed in the workplace, even though employees who agreed with homosexuality were allowed to loudly and proudly voice their opinions. This is clear discrimination against one political and religious viewpoint, and Dr. Church is being unfairly punished for his beliefs.
People everywhere should be outraged!
Imagine if a doctor was told that he couldn't discuss the risks of smoking with his colleagues because they might take offense? Dr. Church was similarly sharing well-researched medical facts with his community, and he was silenced.
The fact that a physician’s internal discussion of medical facts and morality is now considered a firing offense by a major hospital is a very dangerous and frightening state of affairs.
BIDMC is putting politics above patients, and it needs to stop. YOUR health is at risk when the medical world succumbs to political correctness.
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Petition to: Kevin Tabb