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I wasn't basing my argument on religion
Furthermore, I find it incredibly naive that people believe that associations like the American Psychiatric Association didn't redefine homosexuality as not being a mental disorder purely under political and social pressure, without any hard scientific evidence to base their reassessment on. Sexual deviations and perversions, like homosexuality, were once classified as mental disorders by most everyone in the psychiatric field, many of whom were devout atheists
In fact, by definition, homosexuality is abnormal behavior, as it does not conform to normalcy, ie: what the average person's behavior consists of.
I would feel equally disturbed by doctors conducting artificial insemination or adoption agencies placing children in homes with anyone who displays seriously abnormal behaviors such as obsessive compulsive disorder, Munchausen's by proxy, or severe clinical depression.
Originally posted by budski
reply to post by burdman30ott6
It's not up to the doctor to say whether someone is a fit parent or an unfit parent, based on nothing more than a false ideological/religious premise.
The fact is, a person in a gay relationship has as much right to be a parent as person in a "normal" relationship.
There's also the fact that the man whose teachings these doctors allegedly follow never said a word about homosexuality, let alone condemn it.
Originally posted by ANoNyMiKE
Just because it's an elective procedure doesn't mean a thing, it still speaks loud and clear to the character and mindset of the doctor. He doesn't believe that this patient is an equal to him, she doesn't deserve the same treatment because of her sexual orientation, so how can we assume this attitude wouldn't be transfered to situations of life and death? I would argue it's not worth risking a single persons life on that assumption and he should be fired before someone has to find out, plain and simple.
If we can allow doctors to discriminate based on their religious beliefs then JW doctors should be able to refuse to give you a blood transfusion or organ transplant. Obviously that's ridiculous, as is making exceptions for any religion regarding even the most minor procedure. The last thing anyone wants to worry about when they go to the hospital is what the doctor does in his spare time, gimme a break.
And now we come to the meat of your argument, which is that you somehow feel that gay equals mentally disturbed - there is no evidence to suggest (apart from homophobic evidence) that homosexuality is a mental illness, nor is it deviant, and nor can it be considered abnormal.
Originally posted by budski
Just so that I'm clear here, these guys are christians - in other words, followers of christ, or jesus.
Originally posted by zephyrs
go be a hate monger when you're off the clock, but when you're on it, follow the Hippocratic Oath that you swore.
This all came back to me when I read of the Muslim medical students who won't have anything to do with patients with alcohol problems or sexually transmitted diseases.
It should be stated immediately that this is not a large group and it mercifully does not apply to all Muslim trainee doctors. But the British Medical Association has confirmed there are students who are refusing to attend lectures on these matters and that the refusal is being made on religious grounds.
A small number of Muslim medical students have even refused to treat patients of the opposite sex. One male student was prepared to fail his final exams rather than carry out a basic examination of a female patient.