Linda Harvey, founder of Mission America, a "Christian pro-family organization tracking current cultural issues," and radio host, has a warning for the parents of America: Don't let your children see gay health practitioners.
Speaking on her radio show on Thursday, Harvey began the discussion by mentioning NCHARGE, the Nationwide Children's Hospital's Advocates Representing Gay Employees, which, as she says the group's meeting minutes show, is involved in activities like participating in a pride parade, attending a health expo on adolescent health, being concerned about same-sex partner benefits, and "planning to be identified with rainbow lapel pins."
Once she revealed those oh-so-shocking items on their agenda, she posed a question to her listeners:
"Let’s say your eleven year-old has broken her leg rather badly and needs to be in the hospital a few days, which would you prefer: a nurse who’s proud of her lesbianism, who has rainbow identifiers on her work clothing, or a nurse who does not?"
Though she admits that LGBT practitioners "can be certainly competent workers," she is worried that "they're involvement with your child during a hospital stay is sure to be an influence...they are tacking on to their workplace identity one that is highly offensive to many people and can be erroneously influential to children who won’t, or shouldn’t, see the whole picture of how this behavior really manifests itself."
Luckily, homophobic parents didn't just receive a warning from Harvey -- she also gave them some practical tips on how to make sure their anti-gay rhetoric can be applied to their children's health care. Here's what they should do:
"...Select your pediatrician very carefully... There are a few homosexual doctors treating kids, there are far more nurses, LPNs, technicians and other health care workers in these lifestyles so you may want to consider writing a letter that you file with your pediatrician that should your child ever be hospitalized, you do not want your child to be treated or cared for by one of these members of the Children’s Hospital gay employees group except in the case of an emergency situation. But for routine in-hospital care where contact with your child would be required, your values should be respected."
Listen to the entire discussion in the video above via RightWingWatch.org.