Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The Hospital and the Homophobes
St Michael's Hospital is a Catholic hospital affilated with the University of Toronto, located not far from the city's Gay Village.
A hospital which is now being attacked by the Catholic extremists at LifeShite News for having a gay flag in its lobby.
“It is sad to see St. Michael's hospital promoting the homosexual agenda. In the past the same hospital has funded the 'Gay Pride' parade. A Catholic institution should know well that promoting such a destructive lifestyle is against Christian charity. The idea behind such a decision is gravely malformed.
When in fact what is gravely malformed is that article. One because the flag has been there for years. And two because all decent Catholics should be proud not ashamed of what that hospital has accomplished.
You see up until about ten years ago most of the gay people who live in the Village used to go to another hospital. Then that hospital was closed, and most of its services moved to St Mike's.
But there was a problem. Many gay people were reluctant to go there, because they were afraid they would be treated badly in a building full of stone angels.
So the administrators and the staff reached out to the gay community in a truly amazing way. They hung the gay flag in the lobby, supported certain community events, and did everything they could to send out a welcoming message....and live up to the hospital's core values.
Especially the one on human dignity.
We value each person as a unique individual with a right to be respected and accepted.
And it worked. The barriers of distrust came down, the gay people came, and now nobody would think twice about going there. Just like I didn't when I banged up my knee last winter.
The staff were professional and super friendly, and when Sebastien dropped by to check on me he was treated with respect and as a member of the family. Which of course is what a hospital should be all about....helping and healing people and making them feel at home no matter who they are.
The administrators and staff of St Mike's deserve to be congratulated for their decency.... and their creativity.
The bigots at Lifeshite should hang their heads in shame.
They really are DISGUSTING...