Thursday, September 29, 2011

Anti-gay NC state senator James Forrester falsifies credentials

Pam's House Blend breaks the news today that N.C. State Senator James Forrester, who supports banning marriage equality in North Carolina, not only has publicly put forward false information regarding HIV/AIDS - he has falsely claimed credentials as a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.

Equality supporter Scott Rose has written an open letter to the Senator which, in part, states the following:

"I was dismayed recently to hear your radio interview with Mike Signorile. There is a strong appearance that although you are a licensed physician, you intentionally falsify health care information and health care statistics in a political context in order fraudulently to demonize LGBT human beings and to motivate anti-gay bigots to strengthen the currently pertaining sexual orientation apartheid in our society. Your behavior in that runs counter to medical ethics. And speaking of medical ethics, your online bios claim that you are a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine, but today, ACPM officials told me that you are not a member, still less a Fellow, which is their highest level of distinction, and that they would be asking you to remove your phony claim from the internet."

Michael Barry, Executive Director of the American College of Preventive Medicine, responded to Scott Rose in a letter:

"Thanks for bringing this to our attention. The quick answer to your questions is that Dr. Forrester is not, and never has been, a member of ACPM (much less a Fellow, which is our highest designation of membership). However, this is troubling to us, too, that he's apparently claiming to be a Fellow of ACPM, and we would like to know where Dr. Forrester is making these proclamations so that we can approach him and demand that he cease falsely using ACPM credentials in his campaign or wherever else he's using it."

I believe the correct phrase here is  - BUSTED.

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