In Bakersfield, California Dr. Gary Merrill, Pediatrician, turned away Tasha Childress and her daughter because of the way they look. Ostensibly sighting the teachings of Christ as justification of his decision.
The doctor said he is just following his beliefs, creating a Christian atmosphere for his patients.
Tasha Childress said itâ€™s discrimination.
She said Dr. Gary Merrill wouldnâ€™t treat her daughter for an ear infection because Tasha, the mother, has tattoos.
The writing is on the wallâ€”literally: â€śThis is a private office. Appearance and behavior standards apply.â€ť
For Dr. Gary Merrill of Christian Medical Services, that means no tattoos, body piercings, and a host of other requirementsâ€”all standards Merrill has set based upon his Christian faith.
â€śShe had to go that entire night with her ear infection with no medicine because he has his policy,â€ť Tasha Childress said.
Merrill wonâ€™t speak on camera, but said based on his values and beliefs, he has standards that he expects in his office.
The AMA is behind Merill and so am I, sort of…
He does own a private practice, which is a business, and he can refuse anyone he likes. This is the same thing as McDonald’s not serving you if you’re shirtless and shoe-less, or a certain donut shop in Joplin, Missouri that will not serve homosexuals. Refusing service is the business owner’s prerogative, and that’s fine with me.
The part that bothers me about this (and the donut shop; they have scripture on their walls) is doing this stuff in the name of Christianity.
Now, I’ll defend your right to refuse service to whomever you please, but claiming your refusal to help another human is an act of Christianity is
silly absolutely insane. Christ refused help to no one. In fact, it was spiritually troubled misanthropes and outcasts that he embraced foremost. Christ even asked forgiveness for his own murderers.
So you can be self-righteous all you’d like. It’s one of the freedoms that makes this country great. But to claim that you’re refusing to help someone because you follow the teachings of Jesus Christ is like saying that you’re going to volunteer at the Jewish community center because you follow the teachings of Hitler. It just can’t be true.