VA nurse accused of anti-gay tirade


From the article:


Garatie, a native of New Orleans who moved to Dallas earlier this year, said she was honorably discharged from the Marines in 2006 after severely injuring her leg while on active duty.


She said she went to the Dallas VA Medical Center on Oct. 12 to seek treatment for severe depression and possible post-traumatic stress disorder — including thoughts of suicide.




“She sat down and looked at me, and her first question was, ‘Are you a lesbian?’” Garatie wrote in the statement. “Her second question to me was, ‘Have you asked God into your heart? Have you been saved by Jesus Christ?’ This is when I realized that I was no longer a United States veteran in her eyes, I was just a homosexual.”


The session lasted for more than three hours, with Pandithurai citing the Bible and repeatedly telling Garatie she was living in darkness and would be doomed to hell if she didn’t “come back to ‘the light,’” according to the statement.


Pandithurai told Garatie she could change her sexual orientation. Pandithurai also told Garatie homosexuality was a diagnosable condition until President Barack Obama changed that, the statement alleges.


Tags: christianity, discrimination, fundies, lesbian, theism, veterans

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Good thing she was discharged. There is nothing like listening to hours of proselytizing from someone you're obligated to be in the same room with.
I read the soldier's statement from the article, the abuse of authority is of course disgusting and deserving of reprimand.  Though what was intriguing to me, especially as I half-expected the soldier to be outraged at the imposition of a god belief as so possibly in that sense antitheist was the complimentary strain of Christianity in the soldier's brain - the evangelising nurse is nothing new but this was a straight contrast that highlights the utter absurdity of faith.

I went in search of help because I have been suffering from severe depression and anxiety for years following the unexpected end of my service to my country.   I prayed for days beforehand, and the whole way there that morning.  I asked God to allow whatever was supposed to happen to me that day, whatever his plan was for my life, for it to happen, and for him to be with me every step of the way.   I was lost, hopeless, and already in a horrible place mentally, and I felt like this was literally my last hope in life.   I checked in as a new veteran to the area, as I am originally from New Orleans, LA.  I was treated wonderfully by the staff as I checked in. I felt surprisingly optimistic about what was about to happen.

Is it me or is that a total non-sequitur?  Presumably, this delusion of the efficacy of prayer and of personal guidance by a divine entity is still intact, and the course of the discrimination proceedure and it's outcome will all be viewed as though this is ' what god wanted to happen'

"The fact is, I was raised in a Non-Denominational church for most of my life, and consider myself to have a very personal relationship with God.  I was saved, baptized, twice actually. The first time I was a child and it was my parent’s decision, so I asked to be baptized again when I became a teenager and was able to make that decision for myself, and ask Jesus, again, into my heart."

This is odd, obviously baptism is seen as significant, somehow effective and on the point of 'having a personal relationship' with a god - this seems something both women claim to have!

I suppose it's an example of if you permit absurdities and fallacies to dominate your reasoning you can entertain conclusions that are mutually contradictory.  God both hates and loves homosexuals and will damn everyone to hell unless you are saved  -twice (isn't that what baptism is?) by my count Esther would seem to qualify; it would therefore all appear to turn on the nurse's belief that the soldier's belief is somehow insincere.



Great points Richard. IMO, I would say this woman was an enabler for the nurse on some level, because she clearly endorses theistic nonsense. If you do that, then you have to take the bad with the good, I suppose.


However, the nurse is still wrong because she would not likely know the beliefs of the patient. Her job is to treat the problems with science or psychology, not theistic nonsense. She is abusing her position. Instead of practicing medicine, she is practicing voodoo essentially.

What that nurse did was unethical, disappointing, and thoughtless.  She is a pathetic ignorant asshole.


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