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· Madam Blaze Starr: Whiskey and Sagebrush Truth in Eights and Aces

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· Stone Creek Woman

· Loraine Leatherbow: The House of Spleen

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· From The Convent to the Rawhide: The Saga of Sadie Cade and Vi Montana

· The Buckskin Skirt Oar Traveler


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· A Miracle On Archdiocese Street

· Evil Seed: New Jericho, Part 3 (Rewind)

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· Evil Seed: New Jericho, Part 3

· Mantecore: The Day Siegfried and Roy Showed Me Past-Life Regression

· Leg Traps, Baits and Lures: The Wolf's Paw Bleeds


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· Rita Coolidge & Kris Kristofferson Cast in Sweetwater's Film

· The Path to Hardscrabble: Spiritual Awakening

· Sweetwater's Sermon: Christmas 2014

· Sweetwater's Brand Storyteller Stockpiled Intellectual Property Collateral

· Sweetwater Puts Out Casting Call For Hollywood Film

· Sweetwater Brings in Billionaire Richard Branson and Tubular Bells

· Sweetwater Filming aboard Calypso Jacques-Yves Cousteau's Ship

· Sweetwater Filming at Steve Wynn's Mirage in Las Vegas

· Sweetwater Turns Loose Evil Seed: The Return


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· Sideshow Freak

· Black Mariah and the Sisters of Privilege

· The Nun That Saved Me: Rosicrucian Ride

· Preach It

· Ministry Wallet Card

· Foretelling Woman in Her Tarot Wagon

· Armageddon the Lesbian Pilgrims Give Thanks

· Afterlife: Twerking a Signal to Sirius

· Cocaine Rosary

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· I Don't See Blood Nary a Cut or Truncated Page

· Cut-Off!

· What Does a Converted Sawmill Matter To Sweetwater's Latest Film Script?

· Sweetwater Makes It To Broadway

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - President Bush's nominee for surgeon general, Kentucky cardiologist Dr. James Holsinger, has come under fire from gay rights groups for, among other things, voting to expel a lesbian pastor from the United Methodist Church and writing in 1991 that gay sex is unnatural and unhealthy.

Gay Groups Decry Surgeon General Nominee


By JEFFREY McMURRAY (Associated Press Writer)

From Associated Press
June 06, 2007 2:53 PM EDT



Also, Holsinger helped found a Methodist congregation that, according to gay rights activists, believes homosexuality is a matter of choice and can be "cured."

"He has a pretty clear bias against gays and lesbians," said Christina Gilgor, director of the Kentucky Fairness Alliance, a gay rights group. "This ideology flies in the face of current scientific medical studies. That makes me uneasy that he rejects science and promotes ideology."

Holsinger, 68, has declined all interview requests, and the White House had no immediate comment Wednesday.

Holsinger served as Kentucky's health secretary and chancellor of the University of Kentucky's medical center. He taught at several medical schools and spent more than three decades in the Army Reserve, retiring in 1993 as a major general.

His supporters, including fellow doctors, faculty members and state officials, said he would never let his theological views affect his medical ones.

"Jim is able, as most of us are in medicine, to separate feelings that we have from our responsibility in taking care of patients," said Douglas Scutchfield, a professor of public health at the University of Kentucky.

In announcing Holsinger as his choice for America's top doctor May 24, Bush said the physician will focus on educating the public about childhood obesity.

The previous surgeon general was Dr. Richard Carmona, whose term was allowed to expire last summer. Carmona issued an unprecedented report condemning secondhand smoke.

Holsinger received his bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky, master's degrees from the University of South Carolina and Asbury Theological Seminary and a doctorate and medical degree from Duke University.

Scutchfield said Holsinger has advocated expanded stem cell research, in opposition to many conservatives, and also has shown political courage in this tobacco-producing state by supporting higher cigarette taxes to curb teen smoking.

Gov. Ernie Fletcher commended Holsinger for working to fight obesity and other health problems in this Appalachian state, which ranks near the bottom in many categories. "He helped get the ball rolling and focusing on healthy lifestyles," Fletcher said.

As president of the Methodist Church's national Judicial Council, Holsinger voted last year to support a pastor who blocked a gay man from joining a congregation. In 2004, he voted to expel a lesbian from the clergy. The majority of the panel voted to keep the lesbian associate pastor in place, citing questions about whether she had openly declared her homosexuality, but Holsinger dissented.

Sixteen years ago, he wrote a paper for the church in which he likened the reproductive organs to male and female "pipe fittings" and argued that homosexuality is therefore biologically unnatural.

"When the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur," Holsinger wrote, citing studies showing higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases among gay men and the risk of injury from anal sex.

Holsinger wrote the paper at a time when the church was one of numerous denominations considering a more open stance on allowing practicing homosexuals to join. It took that step in 1992, saying gays are of "sacred worth" who should be welcomed. Practicing homosexuals are still prohibited from serving in the clergy.

Gilgor, the gay rights activist, called the paper "one twisted piece of work."

As for the congregation Holsinger helped establish, Hope Springs Community Church, the Rev. David Calhoun told the Lexington Herald-Leader last week that the Lexington church helps some gay members to "walk out of that lifestyle."

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, which is opposing the nomination along with the Human Rights Campaign and other local and national groups, calls such a practice "nothing short of torture" for gays.

Phyllis Nash, who worked under Holsinger for nine years as vice chancellor at the medical center, said the views he took in church appear at odds with his professional actions.

She recalled a women's health conference that Holsinger helped organize in 2002 that included a session on lesbian health. Despite complaints from some lawmakers, Holsinger insisted the session go forward, she said.

"His reaction in support could not have been any stronger," Nash said. "He said, as health care providers, we have to be prepared to meet the health needs of anyone who walks into the door."

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Reviewed by Doug Miller 6/26/2007
This is another good article by Sage Sweetwater, whose reporting is well balanced and unbiased. I would like to see more journalists follow this example. Thank you - Doug

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Dominga Rio of Cuero

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Madam Blaze Starr: Whiskey and Sagebrush Truth in Eights and Aces





Night of the Foal: The New Riders of the Purple Sage

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From The Convent to the Rawhide: The Saga of Sadie Cade and Vi Montana

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The Buckskin Skirt Oar Traveler

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Blue Corn Woman

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