In 2014 Dr. Paul Church, a urologist in Boston, was fired for comments he made about the health risks of homosexuality. “The evidence is irrefutable that behaviours common within the homosexual community are unhealthy and high risk for a host of serious medical consequences, including STD’s, HIV and AIDS, anal cancer, hepatitis, parasitic intestinal infections, and psychiatric disorders… Life expectancy is significantly decreased as a result of HIV/AIDS, complications from the other health problems, and suicide. This alone should make it reprehensible to the medical community, who has an obligation to promote and model healthy behaviours and lifestyles,” Dr. Church apparently wrote (Christianity Today, September 27, 2015). Dr. Church’s appeal was denied earlier this year (Catholic Culture.org, September 16, 2015).
For thousands of years, the Bible has warned about the dangers of sinful health practices. This is one of the reasons God promised “I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians” (Exodus 15:26). It is ironic that in medically advanced societies today it is “politically incorrect” to warn about the dangers of risky behaviors, much like it was to warn against the dangers of smoking in tobacco-growing states in the USA during the 1960s and 1970s. For more on the benefits of following the biblical laws of health, be sure to watch “Ebola Can Be Prevented.”