“What on earth does this have to do with cancer surgery?”
John A. Lucas is a veteran and also a cancer patient. He describes a crazy experience he had recently at a hospital in Virginia.
He writes at Substack:
My Experience With Government-Required Wokeness
Almost overnight the evangelists of the religion of wokeness have converted many of the key players in some of our critical industries and institutions, from small businesses to the World Bank. The practitioners of this religion now prostrate themselves before the golden calf of “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.” It has infected such safety-critical functions as airlines and even the military. The contagion dominates our colleges and universities where it has spread to the hard sciences, including STEM courses such as mathematics and engineering. Casting aside long-established scientific and biological realities, as Professor William Jacobson has shown at Legal Insurrection, Critical Race Theory has even contaminated the medical schools, from where it has spread to hospitals and medical clinics. The most recent manifestation of this trend is the adoration of one of its patron saints, so-called transgenderism. It, too, has metastasized to medical providers at the behest of the U.S. government.
I recently experienced my own personal encounter with this propaganda when filling out a pre-surgery questionnaire at my hospital. This is the story.
I am a cancer patient. Since last January I have been diagnosed with two types of cancer that have necessitated three surgeries so far. For my most recent surgery, I was referred to an oncological surgeon at the VCU Medical Center, which is associated with Virginia Commonwealth University.
At this point, I must add a personal advisory note: The VCU Medical Center enjoys a superb national reputation. Other members of my family have been treated there and have received superb care. Nothing I say here is intended to disparage any of the individual care-givers at the hospital in any way. All, from my surgeon to the kind lady who escorted me to my car after my overnight stay, were uniformly kind and professional. Any criticism I may have is directed at the government-sponsored infection of the medical system with the WOKE virus, not at any individual physician or other medical or support staff.
When I checked in at the hospital for my pre-surgery consultation, because I was a new patient for them, they gave me the usual medical history form to complete. After completing it, I turned to a second two-page form. I printed my name at the top and, rather unthinkingly, began to fill it out. I was in a bit of a hurry to complete it before I was called back to see my surgeon, so at first I did not pay a great deal of attention to it. So, I dutifully answered the first question, which asked, “What is your “Sexual Orientation?” That should, however, have been an immediate red flag, causing me to wonder, “What on earth does this have to do with cancer surgery?” But out of habit and without thinking, I checked the block for “Straight (Not lesbian or gay).” Had I read it closer and given it a moment’s thought, I would have been nonplussed by the other answers on the menu: “Lesbian,” “Gay,” “Bisexual,” “Something else,” or “Don’t know.”
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