This probably should not have shocked me as much as it did (especially since I am in Texas). I actually thought my coworkers were playing a joke on me because they know I am an atheist. Sadly, this was no joke. This actually happened.

I work in a psychiatric hospital. The doctors who admit patients are general MDs. (Psychiatrists see patients after admission) Yesterday evening we received several calls from irate parents. A new doctor who was doing admissions yesterday actually told our suicidal patients that their thoughts of suicide were sins and told the patients that they were sinners. Thankfully, this was immediately brought to the administrator's attention and that doctor will never be allowed to step foot in the hospital again. This would be ridiculous in any situation but telling suicidal and already depressed people that they are sinners and that they are sinning is not helpful in any way shape or form. What is wrong with people!?

As much as the doctor's actions sicken me I do find hope in the fact that the hospital took swift action regarding the situation. This does however show that we all have a lot of work left to do and we cannot become complacent. 

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Comment by Michael Penn on May 21, 2013 at 7:38am
I agree with Loren. On a base level the entire idea of "sin" comes from a talking serpent, Eve, and a desire for knowledge by eating a forbidden fruit. What sort of "sin" is this? Every Bible believer tells you this is how "sin" entered the world, then every day intelligent people allow this allegory to dilute their reasoning. This MD could be doing some serious damage and even cause someone to go off the deep end in depression. There's no excuse for this.
Comment by Pat on May 21, 2013 at 7:37am
Goes to show that an education does not automatically translate into wisdom. Congressman Paul Broun from GA, a medical doctor, decries evolution as a lie from the pit of hell. There's an attorney in my area, a Harvard law school graduate, who is so ignorant I wouldn't let him handle a speeding ticket. That attorney has been barred from practicing in federal court - not because of his ethics, but because of his incompetence.
All I can say about the doctor who was fired at the psychiatric hospital is that I would not want to be his malpractice insurance carrier!
Comment by Loren Miller on May 20, 2013 at 9:52pm

The presumption of people who lean on their faith more than on knowledge is no longer tolerable in a culture that doesn't just value knowledge but DEPENDS upon it.  Also, when a culture is multivariate, when it encompasses more than one belief system (or lack thereof), considerations MUST be made for those who believe differently or not at all. 

This person utterly failed at that test ... and he deserved to be called to task for his failure.

Comment by John Aultman on May 20, 2013 at 9:45pm

Possibly a graduate of Liberty University?

Comment by Easton Le on May 20, 2013 at 8:01pm

I agree with Loren. That person should not be practicing medicine at all.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 20, 2013 at 3:27pm

The guy's license to practice medicine should be PULLED ... preferably PERMANENTLY!

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