Little Girl not Christian Enough for Dr. Philistine
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Dr. Gary Merrill, do you have something to add?
SECOND UPDATE: Now a boy has died from an infected tooth because of lack of health care. This is yet another issue I have with American health care.
This is beyond whack! A so-called “Christian” refuses treatment for a little girl with a sore ear because her mother has a tattoo.
The writing is on the wall—literally: “This is a private office. Appearance and behavior standards apply.”
For Dr. Gary Merrill of Christian Medical Services, that means no tattoos, body piercings, and a host of other requirements—all standards Merrill has set based upon his Christian faith.
“She had to go that entire night with her ear infection with no medicine because he has his policy,” Tasha Childress said.
Merrill won’t speak on camera, but said based on his values and beliefs, he has standards that he expects in his office.
He does that, he said, to ensure the patients he does accept have a more comfortable atmosphere.
According to the American Medical Association and other doctors, he reserves that right.
This is so wrong on so many levels. For shame. I've read the same book he did and I cannot imagine where he's getting this. (Does he think he's going to get a gold star in heaven for his "purity"?)
Hold it right there--before you tell me that he is a selfish ass who doesn't represent the majority of sensible believers, I know that. But that's the problem that I have with religious belief. It can be made to say anything. In and of itself, it's not a methodology. That's why I place my trust in the imperfect, but self-correcting, flawed and yes, human (unlike the inhuman rationalization of this twit) process of the scientific method and rational thinking. Whether we are religious believers or not, all ships need an anchor.
(And this doctor needs to walk the plank! I hope he slept well while that poor kid suffered.)
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