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Hospital’s official reason for firing doctor: His “views on homosexuality”

Image via Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Needham.

Image via Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Needham.

“Voicing medical facts, religious convictions, or traditional morality is now apparently punishable by dismissal, should a member of the staff claim to be offended by such views.” That’s how Dr. Paul Church feels about his firing.

Dr. Church is a Harvard professor and urologist who formerly was employed by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). As theBlaze reported, Church recently lost his final appeal concerning his expulsion.

Church has a point. It may raise enough eyebrows for the hospital to take an institutional stance on a divisive issue. It’s another problem all together for someone to be fired for their personal views.

The hospital announced an investigation against Church in September 2014. He lost his final hearing on Dec. 8, after a 28-year tenure.

BIDMC not only supports LGBT causes, but sends out e-mails promoting LGBT pride events. Church asked not to receive the e-mails, a simple request. He received more, and then was threatened with investigation.

The investigation occurred after Church was told to stop communicating his views about homosexuality and refused to do so. In making his decision, Church expressed that the “Letter of Reprimand” he received was against his freedom of speech and the Massachusetts Civil Rights Act.

The findings in March 2014 revealed that the idea of what’s “unsolicited” works only against those who are concerned with or hold views against homosexuality. A committee decided to expel Church for his “unsolicited views about homosexuality that were offensive to BIDMC Staff” and for violating the hospital’s discrimination policy.

Church was “deeply disappointed in the outcome from these decisions,” but also expressed “we have fought ‘the good fight’ and brought these valid concerns into the spotlight of the public arena.”

While he had “sincere regrets,” they were towards those at the hospital, in that they “departed from the institution’s higher mission and calling to follow a highly controversial social agenda.”

Church plans to continue his medical practice elsewhere, which will involve “advocating for healthy and moral choices.”

Regardless if Church’s views are held by others, it is a shame that he had to be fired for expressing his own personal beliefs, particularly if they did not interfere with how he performed his job.

It would perhaps be best for all involved if institutions which employ and serve all kinds of people not take such views. Real medical care is all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or their personal views.


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