Dignity Health Doctor Belongs To Anti-LGBTQ Hate Group; Gay Patient Reacts

Dr. Andre Van Mol and Patrick Archer.

It was inevitable. The clock started ticking early last year, when Bethel elder Dr. Andre Van Mol transitioned from 23 years in private family medical practice to Dignity Health Medical Group North State’s clinic on Court Street in downtown Redding.

Dignity Health, formerly known as Catholic Healthcare West, is the largest not-for-profit healthcare provider in California.

Sooner or later, Dignity Health would assign Dr. Van Mol to a gay or lesbian patient who was aware of the longtime local family physician’s anti-LGBTQ activism. That includes Dr. Van Mol’s membership in the American College of Pediatricians, a small group of conservative Christian physicians masquerading as a mainstream medical association that has been classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-LGBTQ hate group for years.

The Dignity Health patient drawing the short straw was Patrick Archer, 65, a retired Redding gay man well-known locally for his community service over the past 30 years.

Archer needed a prescription refilled last month and was told he’d have to get an annual check-up first. Since Archer’s regular physician was on maternity leave, he was told he’d have to see Dr. Van Mol to get the prescription refilled.

Full disclosure: Archer is a moderator for Investigating Bethel, a closed Facebook group of which I’m also a member. The group has successfully attracted national media attention to Bethel, the charismatic megachurch in Redding’s midst. Archer posted his experience with Dignity Health in Investigating Bethel on July 31  (post edited for grammar and clarity):

“My doctor at Dignity Health on Court St. is on maternity leave,” Archer said. “They called for my annual checkup but tried putting me in with Dr. Van Mol. WTH??? The biggest homophobic Bethel member ever! I told the assistant I’m appalled you have such a hateful person on staff there. I said I will not be coming back to your clinic and will be finding a new doctor. Is there no place safe from Bethelites in Redding??? Grrrrrr.”

In the comment thread below the post, Archer later posted this:

“I just called Dignity headquarters in Sacramento and informed the patient advocate of Dr. Van Mol’s views on gays/bisexuals and conversation therapy. I said Google him. She did and said oh, they must not have known about this. … She apologized profusely and said he doesn’t stand for what Dignity is about.”

When I met with Archer last week, he was still simmering. A Dignity Health supervisor had by then replied to his complaint, saying that the healthcare provider had no choice about what their employees, including Dr. Van Mol, do after work. Since Archer hadn’t actually seen Dr. Van Mol, he could simply choose another Dignity Health doctor.

“They did give me the option, but they’re not going to get my federal money,” said Archer, who’s on Medicare and is now shopping for a new healthcare provider. “I thought we were past all of this, but it’s happening again, just like back in the 1960s. I thought we were past all of this.”

Dr. Andre Van Mol, with and without beard.

Enter The Moral Counter-Revolution

Dr. Andre Van Mol declined to be interviewed for this story. According to his bio on Dignity Health, he received his training from the Medical School of Wisconsin, where he graduated in 1986, and from Naval Hospital, where he graduated in 1987 and 1992.

The physician is both a Bethel elder and board member, according to his bio on Bethel’s Moral Revolution website. The former naval officer and his wife, also a former naval officer, were both born in Canada, raised in the United States, have two sons and one daughter and a “reasonably steady stream of foster children.”

Dr. Van Mol’s longtime physician’s assistant, Redding mayor Julie Winter, is also a Bethel elder and board member. The nurse practitioner followed the doctor to Dignity Health. She did not respond to an email query for this story.

Moral Revolution is a nonprofit religious organization founded by Bethel’s No. 2 pastor Kris Vallotton in 2009. Dr. Van Mol serves as a board member and a content provider for the organization.

Moral Revolution represents Bethel’s attempt to resurrect “purity culture,” the 1990s Christian movement that preached abstinence from sex until marriage, no adultery, no abortions and absolutely no same-sex relationships. This reaction to the 1960s sexual revolution fizzled out by the turn of the century, but for Dr. Van Mol, the moral counter-revolution never ended; the cultural war is still on.

In addition to being a board-certified family physician, Dr. Van Mol is a writer of Christian apologetics. For the past several years he’s been quite prolific, with articles appearing on the websites of the Christian Medical and Dental Association, the orthodox Catholic Witherspoon Institute and the aforementioned anti-LGBTQ American College of Pediatricians.

Dr. Van Mol’s bylines state that he’s the American College of Pediatrician’s co-chair of adolescent sexuality.

According to the SLPC, the organization, also known as AC Peds, formed in 2002, after the American Academy of Pediatrics, the major peer association for pediatricians in the country with 66,000 current members, endorsed adoption by same-sex couples. In protest, a small group of culturally conservative doctors split with the association and formed AC Peds.

Today, AC Peds has an estimated 500 members. The SLPC considers the organization an “anti-LGBQT hate group” due to its long track record of publishing false claims and misleading scientific reports that promote a virulently anti-LGBTQ point of view.

These articles are then passed off to conservative media outlets such as FOX News, Glenn Beck and Breitbart as if they were legitimate research, and reported as such.

AC Peds opposes adoption by LGBT couples, links homosexuality to pedophilia, endorses so-called reparative or sexual orientation conversion therapy for homosexual youth, believes transgender people have a mental illness and has called transgender health care for youth child abuse,” the SLPC states on its website.

That’s a fairly accurate description of Dr. Van Mol’s oeuvre, although none of the dozen or so articles I’ve read by him deals with homosexuality and pedophilia. He hits all the other anti-gay topics, though. Most of his articles follow the same pattern:

An anti-LGBTQ observation is made, the reader is bombarded with worst-case scenarios and statistics that may or may not be accurate, the writer concludes his anti-LGBTQ observation is valid.

We don’t have to travel far from home to find an example. On the Moral Revolution website, Dr. Van Mol’s answer to the question, “Why are same-sex practices not good for you?” is exemplary of the formula.

Photo used by Moral Revolution website to make gay sex look bad. It’s not working.

First, the intended audience, in this case BSSM students in their late teens and early twenties, is given a sermon.

“Sexual intercourse was designed to be between man and woman,” Dr. Van Mol writes. “Theologically speaking, God is quite clear in scripture both that He meant for sex to be between husband and wife, and that problems come from engaging in sex – or anything else – outside of His intention and design.”

Problems like being stoned to death by your neighbors?

It’s standard right-wing evangelical boiler plate followed by a list of graphic sex acts—oral sex, anal sex, rimming, fisting, golden showers, scat—designed to shock readers and soften them up for the grim statistics to come, including the fallacious claim that “people who engage in homosexual activity lose 25 percent to 40 percent of their lifespan.”

“It is often claimed that these health statistics would be better if same-sex relationships were more embraced and celebrated,” Dr. Van Mol writes. “In northern Europe and in Canada same-sex attracted people enjoy supportive governments, affirmation from liberal (if floundering) churches, and a public coerced into silence by hate-speech laws, yet the substandard health statistics for the GLBT community are just a dismal as elsewhere. This demonstrates that acceptance and affirmation of same-sex sexuality are not the promised cure-all for the problem.”

Dr. Van Mol’s comments on Europe and Canada aren’t based on research and tell us more about his religious and political beliefs than anything else. The same theme and rhetorical tactics permeate all the articles I’ve read, as well as the testimony he provided to the state Legislature in opposition to AB 2119.

The bill passed, despite the doctor’s objection and mandates gender-affirming health care and mental health care must be made available to foster children and non-minor dependents who request it. The bill easily passed.

Affirmation of any kind for LGTBQ individuals just isn’t in the Dr. Van Mol’s repertoire. He claims concepts such as sexual orientation and gender identity that are experienced by human beings and studied by psychiatrists, psychologists and social scientists are post-modern ideological constructs, perhaps designed by cultural Marxists, that don’t exist in reality. It’s all fake science.

“Transgenderism is a belief system that increasingly looks like a cultish religion—a modern day Gnosticism denying physical reality for deceived perceptions—being forced on the public by the state,” reads the subhead to an article Dr. Van Mol wrote for the Witherspoon Institute last year titled, “Transgenderism: A State-Sponsored Religion?

A cultish religion that denies reality for deceived perceptions? That sounds an awful lot like the stuff they’re teaching down at the BSSM.

He acknowledges that Gender Dysphoria, the distress caused when a person’s gender identity doesn’t match their biological sex, is a serious mental health issue. But he ignores the growing body of scientific evidence that in severe cases, which can begin as early as age 3, affirmative therapy—allowing the child patient to explore their gender identity and the possibility of making a non-medical, non-surgical social transition—has shown positive results.

Whether the child goes on to a medical transition before the onset of puberty and surgical transition after adolescence depends on how “insistent, persistent and consistent” he or she remains in asserting their gender identity. For severe cases, surgical transition is the only known treatment that provides relief from the distressing symptoms of GD.

In less severe cases of GD, the patient’s sense of gender identity/natal sex incongruity may resolve or “desist.” Dr. Van Mol frequently quotes high desistance rates, about which there is much scientific debate, as a reason not to provide any affirmative therapy.

He neglects to mention that in the studies he cites, the majority of those who do desist assume a gay or lesbian sexual orientation, the existence of which Dr. Van Mol also denies.

The Slowly Boiled Frog says it’s raining BS out there.

Separation Of Church And Science

David Cary Hart is the founder of The Slowly Boiled Frog website, which is dedicated to tracking issues involving LGBTQ equality. Hart’s written frequently about Dr. Van Mol during the past several years; you can read his evisceration of the physician’s Transgenderism-is-an-ideology article here.

I asked Hart via email for his take on Dr. Van Mol.

“For Dr. Van Mol, religion is a belief system,” Hart said. “It’s based on faith which is supported through dogma. There is nothing wrong with that. Medical science, in contrast, is based on evidence. Dr. Van Mol has difficulty distinguishing between the two. This is particularly true regarding trans youth who are very fragile. Van Mol is perfectly willing to torture science—and logic—to conform things to scripture. He is putting the lives of children at risk.”

Perhaps the most astonishing thing about Dr. Van Mol and AC Peds’ positions on LGBTQ issues is that every one of them—from the notion that conversion therapy works, to the claim that gays make bad parents to the allegation that affirmative therapy for transsexuals is child abuse—is not supported by research and has been rejected by virtually every major professional medical and mental health association in the country.

This rejection was succinctly summed up by Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Jack Turban, one of the nation’s leading specialists in pediatric gender identity, in a 2017 Psychology Today article calling out AC Peds as an anti-LGBTQ hate group.

Among the organizations opposed to AC Peds views listed in the article are the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association.

“It’s disturbing that news organizations and physicians are citing AC Peds as a reputable source,” Dr. Turban writes, noting that they’ve been listed as an LGBTQ hate group by the SLPC for years.

Dr. Turban asked Dr. Scott Leibowitz, medical director of the THRIVE program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and chair of the sexual orientation and gender identity issues committee for the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, to comment about AC Peds.

“It can hardly be a credible medical organization when it consistently chooses to ignore science and the growing evidence base that clearly demonstrates the benefits of affirmative care with LGBT youth across all ages,” Dr. Leibowitz replied.

Nevertheless, AC Peds has progressed to submitting its pseudo-scientific studies as amicus briefs in local, state and federal court court cases and legislation involving LGBTQ rights.

Even the one major professional medical group to which Dr. Van Mol belongs, The American Academy of Family Physicians, supports affirmative therapy for LGBTQ patients. So does his current employer, Dignity Health.

I contacted Dignity Health’s headquarters in San Francisco by email with links to the Psychology Today article and the SLPC, along with several questions.

What are Dignity Health’s guidelines for treating LGBTQ patients? Are Dr. Van Mol’s outside activities permitted by the health care provider? How does Dignity Health know if Dr. Van Mol can set aside his anti-LGBTQ beliefs when practicing medicine on LGBTQ patients?

Dignity Health provided the following blanket reply:

“At Dignity Health, we work to make sure that everyone who comes to us for care is treated with respect and dignity, regardless of their background, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Our policies and procedures, standards of conduct, and employment agreements explicitly prohibit discriminatory behavior. Our doctors, nurses, advanced practice providers, and staff must agree to these standards.”

Agreeing to those standards must have been a bitter pill to swallow for Dr. Van Mol when he was hired by Dignity Health last year. In an undated column on the Christian Medical and Dental Association’s website, “The Bad Science Battering Ram,” he claimed the only reason that every major medical and mental health association in the country disagrees with him is that they’ve all been swayed by the LGBTQ lobby and faulty research results.

The Dignity Health reply continues:

“We also ask our patients to provide feedback on their experiences to help us ensure that they’re receiving the compassionate and quality care that they expect. We serve a diverse population of patients with different needs, beliefs, and backgrounds. Our physicians and advanced practice providers are equally as diverse, and we encourage patients to research providers to find a doctor who best meets their needs and philosophy of care.”

That answer wasn’t good enough for Patrick Archer, who’s now in search of a new healthcare provider.

“Why would they have him?” he said, shaking his head. “If they’re that hard up for doctors, maybe they should look outside of the area.”

Geraldo Rivera and Patrick Archer after the show.

Archer’s View

Archer is no stranger to the medical community and LGBTQ issues. The Michigan native, raised by an ultra-conservative religious family, came out at age 19 after moving to California in the early 1970s. He was infected with HIV in the late 1980s, by a former partner who had hidden his diagnosis from Archer and several other men and was later charged with an obscure Michigan law that made such nondisclosure a crime.

The case, one of the first in the country, made national headlines, and Archer appeared on both Geraldo Rivera and Phil Donahue’s TV programs as one of the victims, despite some harsh criticism from the gay community, which opposed his former partner’s prosecution.

Archer said he agreed to the appearances on one condition: that he be allowed several minutes on each program to discuss HIV prevention, a condition that both Rivera and Donahue honored.

Not long after that, Archer retired from UPS after injuring his back. By 1989, he was volunteering as an HIV/AIDS educator in both California and Michigan. He wrote grants for Redding and Shasta County from 1989 to 2006, including a grant that brought the area’s first infectious disease specialist, Dr. Sutton Menizes, from Sacramento to the Shasta Community Health Center.

Since 1989, he’s volunteered or worked for the Shasta County Health Department, the Shasta Trinity Tehama HIV Food Bank, and Positively Speaking as an AIDS/HIV outreach educator, for which he became state certified in 1998. He taught AIDS/HIV/STD prevention as well as drug and alcohol abuse prevention to juveniles at the Crystal Creek Boys Camp until it closed in 2006.

He was also chairperson for Family Planning Inc., the nonprofit reproductive health clinic that provided low income clients in Redding with contraceptives from 2000 to 2006. More recently, he helped get Shasta Support Services, the organization headed by Dale Ball that cleans up abandoned homeless encampments, off the ground.

Archer’s HIV has never progressed to AIDS; doctors told him that thanks to his northern European genes, his body produces a rare natural antigen that provides him some degree of immunity. He was able to skip the dreaded AZT treatments prevalent in the 1990s, and today takes just two medications that produce minimal side effects.

Since Archer has a great deal of experience as an HIV/AIDS educator, I asked him to comment on an  article written by Dr. Van Mol titled “HIV Education and How Not To Do It” that appeared on the Christian Medical and Dental Association’s website last year.

At issue is the California Healthy Youth Act, which was enacted in 2016 and mandates that HIV/AIDS prevention be provided in public middle and high schools as part of the sex education curriculum. The state Department of Education is still ironing out the curriculum, which is supposed to be implemented by this September.

In his column, a masterful piece of concern trolling, Dr. Van Mol worries that the curricula he’s been shown by local school board members so far doesn’t sufficiently address the elevated risks gay men face from unprotected or protected anal sex. At no point in the article does he cite the actual curricula he’s referring to. Dr. Van Mol concludes:

“Students are poorly served by HIV awareness curricula that make generalizations and inaccuracies regarding the relative safety of sexual practices, exaggerate and blur the efficacy of condom use in them as though equivalent, and functionally tell students HIV infection is nothing because with medications you’ll live as long as anyone else.”

To Archer, it all sounds too familiar. Parents who don’t want their children presented with such information are allowed to opt out of the curriculum, but religious conservatives are screaming about “parental rights” anyway. They’d prefer no sex education at all. That’s one reason the curriculum has been delayed.

“Van Mol’s input on state mandated prevention information is off base and homophobic,” Archer said. “He’s completely ignored the fact that IV drug use, including the huge increase of IV heroin use, has increased both HIV & Hepatitis C. He’s focused on one specific group, gay/bi men, and that’s precisely why HIV and AIDS went unchecked in the hetero world and spread so quickly.

“Van Mol has completely forgotten the ‘H’ in HIV stands for human, any human that puts themselves at risk can contract HIV,” he continued. “It’s never been specific to just the LGBTQ population. His irrational beliefs actually contribute to the spread of HIV & Hepatitis B and C.”

Archer counts himself as fortunate for being aware of Dr. Van Mol’s anti-LGBQT activism when he was assigned to him, but questions Dignity Health’s assertion that patients are capable of ferreting out such beliefs.

For example, he’s convinced that his former Dignity Health primary care physician for the past two years is also a Bethel member, even though he says she denied it twice when he questioned her point-blank.

Bethel Church communications director Aaron Tesauro, who confirmed that Dr. Van Mol declined to be interviewed for this story, refused to confirm whether Archer’s former primary care physician is a Bethel member. He did answer my question as to whether Bethel requests its physician members to adhere to the church’s anti-LGBTQ dogma.

“Doctors and healthcare professionals play a crucial and valuable role in the health and treatment of all people,” Tesauro answered. “Bethel Church believes in and values both traditional medical practices as well as healing from divine intervention. Bethel Church does not instruct any medical professionals on how to practice medicine, because as a church we are not equipped to do so. Bethel’s annual Medical Healing Conference exists to encourage healthcare professionals in a faith-based environment to affirm the value of their medical knowledge, skills, and experience.”

Funny thing about that annual Medical Healing conference, which takes place next month: Archer’s former primary care physician is listed as a scheduled speaker.

Patrick Archer and Phil Donahue.

What’s Hate Got To Do With It?

Does it matter if Archer’s former primary care physician is a Bethel member? It’s fair to say that not every Bethel member is a gay-baiting homophobic hater. But their church’s outspoken public stance against the LGBTQ community, fueled by Dr. Van Mol’s claim that sexual orientation and gender identity don’t exist, is more than enough to give LGBTQ patients and their allies legitimate pause.

Personally, I’m going to stop short of calling Dr. Andre Van Mol a hater. I’ll leave that up to organizations like the SLPC and the LGBTQ community, who have ample evidence to support their point of view. I’m fairly certain he’s a competent family doctor, as long as you or your child aren’t LGBTQ.

Instead, I’ll call him a dangerous sign of the times. Nearly 80 percent of the country supports equal rights for LGBTQ individuals. The small minority that doesn’t is mostly comprised of right-wing evangelical Christians, including Bethel elders such as Bill Johnson, Kris Vallotton and Dr. Andre Van Mol.

Who knows how many of Bethel’s 11,000 local members and millions of internet followers share the same beliefs?

At any rate, with the election of President Donald Trump, the right-wing evangelicals have been feeling their oats. Their sinful messiah, their modern day King Cyrus, has been rolling back the scant gains made by the LGBTQ community during the Obama administration at a rapid rate.

It’s macabre. Last year, Dr. Van Mol was so desperate to prove that sexual-orientation change-efforts work, he wrote an entire article based on a report that was retracted by its conservative publisher. The article remains online, but click on the link to the study, and you’ll find it’s been pulled. Still no smoking gun.

That’s the same criticism Dr. Van Mol frequently levels at studies he deems to be pro-LGBTQ, and in some cases he’s correct. Occasionally, researchers make mistakes. The study gets pulled. That’s called science.

In addition, the ease of publishing pseudo-scientific articles in the internet age has led to a proliferation of websites publishing non-peer-reviewed research such as AC Peds, as well as a sharp increase in retracted peer-reviewed studies across all fields during the past two decades.

Dr. Van Mol and the AC Peds crowd have taken advantage of both of these facts to sew doubt in LGBTQ research, the abundance of which is not going their way.

As a result, they’ve broken the first commandment of Doug Coe, the founder of “The Family,” the conservative Christian lobbying group that first invaded Washington D.C. in the 1950s and are featured in a recently released Netflix documentary.

In order to successfully infiltrate and influence public affairs, Coe advised Christians first and foremost to “stay invisible.”

Today’s right-wing Christian evangelicals, including Bethel’s leadership and Dr. Van Mol, have not heeded this advice. They’ve become a spectacle.

Ultimately, that’s why they’ll lose this battle. Their ideas can’t stand the light of day.

R.V. Scheide
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167 Responses

  1. Avatar Mike Dutt says:

    Thank you RV for exposing Van Mol, this is a travesty to have this man in control of some unsuspecting patient

  2. Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

    This impressive article gives local residents yet another reason to fight Bethel’s in-progress religious take-over of the area (admitted to by Bethel’s leadership, per its “7 Mountains Mandate”). We can also hope that Dignity Health will reconsider its association with potentially harmful anti-medical science fanatics like Andre Van Mol.

    R.V. Scheide is certainly correct in that most patients don’t have the knowledge or ability to protect themselves from exposure to the many Bethel-affiliated medical “professionals” who have been flooding the local medical community, and who largely operate under the radar. Unfortunately their first inkling may be when they need science-based information and support on issues related to sexual orientation, birth control, prevention of STD’s, and women’s reproductive health. Old Testament-leaning sermons, exhortations to abstinance and “purity”, and scientifically debunked lies may be all they get.

    I also hope that every tithe-paying Bethel member/attendee will come to realize that they are helping to further this culture of ignorance and hate with every dollar they contribute.

  3. Avatar Jana says:

    I am definitely not a Bethal supporter but I am not clear on what makes him ANTI as in hate? Seems he just believes what God says in the Bible about these issues. Not sure why his beliefs cancel him out from giving health care.

    • Avatar Tim says:

      Intolerance is the new tolerance…

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        Trite is the new rigorous…

        Jana, so far as I know Dr. Van Mol has done nothing to warrant losing his license to practice medicine. In the free market of ideas and consumerism, people can choose him as a doctor, or not. That was especially true when he was in private practice.

        The issue here is why Dignity Health would hire a physician who advocates the practice of conversion therapy for homosexuals—a practice that Dignity Health says is contrary to their affirmation therapy norms. Again, in the free market, healthcare consumers are free to express their opinions to their current healthcare provider. And when that provider is the 800-lb gorillas in the local healthcare market, they *need* to express those concerns.

        Isn’t that right, Tim?

      • Avatar Tim says:

        Steve,

        The person practicing raging discrimination here wasn’t Dr. Van Mol. Ordinarily I’m all for an individual’s right to choose with whom they associate, but Mr. Archer went beyond that to lobby for Dignity to fire Dr. Van Mol. This was not based on any mistreatment or even personal interaction, but on the bigoted assumption that a Bethelite is incapable of providing competent medical care to all of society.

        P.S. Mr. Archer is not even discriminating with his own funds, but is using public dollars to do so.

        • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

          I don’t need to personally interact with Donald Trump to know that he’s bad for America. I’m going to do what I can to see that he’s fired.

          Mr. Archer doesn’t need to personally interact with Dr. Van Mol to know that he advocates for conversion therapy and against sex ed for adolescents, using debunked junk pseudoscience. Archer was temporarily assigned to Dr. Van Mol by Dignity Health. Knowing Dr. Van Mol’s views, Archer called the organization’s patient advocate to complain—a position that exists to handle such issues. Nowhere does it say that Archer lobbied to have Van Mol fired.

          As for discriminating with public dollars, are you arguing that if you’re on Medicare you should have no say in choosing your medical providers? LOL.

          • Avatar Tim says:

            Mr. Archer did not call to be assigned another doctor, he called to have Dr. Van Mol removed from Dignity. Failing that, he chose to boycott Dignity.

            And yes, I find it hypocritical to make an individual rights argument while relying on socialized medicine.

          • Avatar Elly Bass says:

            Tim, not sure where in the article it says Archer tried to have Von Mol fired. He did call to complain, but you are making assumptions beyond that. And also, why shouldn’t there be a choice of provider while on socialized medicine? smh, I don’t understand some people. Archer is on Medicare, that’s not free. He paid into the system and also, many retirees have to pay a premium and share of cost or provide supplemental insurance to cover the share of cost (medicare only covers 80 per cent. If you are not destitute, medicaid does not step in and cover the rest, you must pay or buy more insurance).

      • Avatar Larry Winter says:

        “Intolerance is the new tolerance”

        I see your statement as a classic form of “gas lighting”. Putting the victims of discrimination and their supporters in the role of victimizing the perpetrators of discrimination.

        It’s really a pernicious argument to make.

        • Avatar Tim says:

          It is what actually happened. The intolerant bigot is the one discriminating against someone for unconventional views unrelated to the services in question (in this case an annual check-up).

          • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

            Tim,

            Van Mol’s views aren’t just “unconventional” – they are tied 100 percent to the type of medical care he advocates. He and his hate group have spent a considerable amount of time and effort trying to convince school officials and like-minded politicians to help them promote provably harmful gay conversion therapy for minors, and are running a heavy campaign to keep gay and lesbian couples from adopting.

            He’s a fanatic on those subjects, and is certainly not going to promote anything that doesn’t conform to his malignant beliefs in his practice. R.V. is performing a definite public service by warning the community as to where this Old Testament-banging extremist is coming from.

          • Avatar Tim says:

            So you think Dr. Van Mol is going to discover another doctor’s patient is gay, council the patient about Leviticus, and push comversion therapy — all in a 5 minute visit booked for the purpose of authorizing prescription refills while the original doctor is on maternity leave? Ha!

            I mean if you had that — THAT would be a story. Instead, this is just anti-Bethel bigotry…

          • Avatar Larry Winter says:

            Unconventional views like blacks are intellectually inferior?
            Unconventional views like followers of Islam want to kill us all and enforce Sharia Law?
            Unconventional views like there are good people on both sides of a White Supremacy rally?
            Unconventional views like gays are all pedophiles?
            Unconventional views like Mexicans are rapists and murderers?

            Rationalizing hate as merely “unconventional views” denigrates all who are the targets of these views.

            But to put the label of bigotry on those targeted by these views that then speak out against those that promote these “unconventional views” is gas lighting. Orwellian at it’s finest.

          • Avatar Tim says:

            So many straw men, so little time… It is not gaslighting to point out how “Investigating Bethel” is a “hate group:”

            “The Southern Poverty Law Center defines a hate group as an organization that – based on its official statements or principles, the statements of its leaders, or its activities – has beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics. We do not list individuals as hate groups, only organizations.

            The organizations on our hate group list vilify others because of their race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity – prejudices that strike at the heart of our democratic values and fracture society along its most fragile fault lines.”

          • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

            Tim,

            Bethel’s desire to take over Redding (and eventually the entire world, along with its many international cohorts) for their hate-filled Old Testament-based religion is NOT an “immutable characteristic”, and there is no “right” of one group to force its primitive, brutal beliefs on the rest of the population by taking over their government, public education, and everthing else in sight. They’ve already made huge strides under the curret president to take over the running of our federal government, and many red states have fallen victim to these Old Testament-banging fanatics.

            Below is a list of the truly horrifying goals dominionists have. The short video at the top is of Lance Wallnau, who has written books with Bethel CEO Bill Johnson on world religious dominionation. Wallnau talks about “sneaking” into positions of power, and other “stealth” activities:

            https://thechurchoftruth.org/plan-for-christian-domination/

          • Avatar Tim says:

            Please. Dr. Van Mol isn’t oppressing anyone. He’s not, for instance, calling employers around town and trying to get them to fire their homosexual employees – I mean *that* would be seriously hateful…

            The irony is you seem to subconsciously think homosexuals are inferior – that they need you to limit their choices for them. Dr. Van Mol isn’t forcing conversion therapy on anyone, it is a voluntary service. Banning that option strikes me like the supposed feminists who outlaw hijabs – shouldn’t an empowered woman have the right to choose whether to participate in a religious observation?

            And the idea that Bethel has control over the US government is even more laughable than the anti-papists who proclaimed Kennedy was a puppet of Rome.

          • Avatar Elly Bass says:

            Still don’t see where Mr. Archer tried to have Van Mol fired. You are making that shit up, dude. He called Dignity, yes, out of concern and to educate them about their doctor. He can complain and he can also do what he did: find a new doctor. The truth of the matter is, whether or not Dignity supports what he does on his own time, they are giving him the means to do it by employing him, period. His beliefs are harmful and that is science. First, do no harm, doctor.

          • Avatar Larry Winter says:

            Tim,
            “So many straw men, so little time… It is not gaslighting to point out how “Investigating Bethel” is a “hate group:””

            Investigating Bethel is a “hate group” because their moderator took this “hateful” action?
            “I just called Dignity headquarters in Sacramento and informed the patient advocate of Dr. Van Mol’s views on gays/bisexuals and conversation therapy.”

            Or is it something else?

            I listen to the Christian Satellite Network driving between Hyampom and Hayfork (the station with the best radio reception) and I hear condemnation from one religious sect towards another all the time. Investigating Bethel has that element to it also. Then you have people like Mr. Archer, who has skin in the game because of his, as the SPLC calls it, immutable characteristics that are attacked and denigrated by Bethel leadership. Then there are people that condemn Bethel’s avowed stance on intervening in the local political sphere. Is this hate as defined by the SPLC? Could Republicans and Democrats be defined as a hate group because of the things their members say about one another?

            Mr. Archer isn’t condemning Bethel because it is a Christian group, but because it’s leaders locally espouse anti-LBGTQ rhetoric.

          • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

            Tim,

            Nowhere have I claimed that Bethel all by itself is taking over the federal government. I did point out that admitted dominionists of the Bethel variety have been appointed to head a vast number of federal agencies, and placed in other positions of power at the highest levels of government.

            However, there is a direct Bethel connection to the white house in that Lance Wallnau (who has co-written books on world religious domination with Bethel CEO Bill Johnson, and is Johnson’s fellow New Apostolic Reformation “apostle” and close associate) is now part of Trump’s inner circle of dominionist “advisors”, and is called on by Trump to provide advice on national and international policy.

    • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

      Jana,

      I’ve been following Van Mol’s claims and actions for quite some time, and he very actively promotes his primitive and condemning religious beliefs as “medical treatment” and “science”. What someone’s brutal, violent “god” says in an ancient religious text should have nothing to do with modern medical care.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      That’s a good point Jana, and a question I put to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which didn’t reply before this story published. What makes it hate? From what I can gather, SPLC and numerous scientific researchers have busted AC Peds pedaling false information countless times since it was formed in 2002. AC Peds articles don’t have much Christian content, they’re designed to look like legitimate scientific research. I stopped short of calling Van Mol a hater, but I think he is a dangerous sign of the times, a purveyor of fake news.

      • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

        I think the distinction can be found in the promotion of deliberate lies that generate fear and hatred toward the group being targeted. For example, like so many other anti-gay hate groups AC Peds promotes the thoroughly debunked lie that a primary goal of gay people is gaining unfettered access to children, and that per capita rates of pedophilia are much higher in the gay community than in the general population. That alone is a dead give-away.

        • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

          Yeah, the “homosexuals are pedophiles” meme is pretty egregious. I’m sure Van Mol has probably written about it, but I couldn’t find an article like that. Like I said in the story, he hit all the other anti-gay memes, which as far as the SLPC is concerned, makes him a hater.

  4. Avatar Teri says:

    I too inadvertently ended up with a (pushy, inappropriate) Bethel member as my primary at Hill Country. Unfortunately, not everyone feels safe or has the privilege of changing providers, going to management, etc.

  5. Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

    In addition to this anti-LGBTQ stance, Van Mol and his NP Winters did not accept Medicare patients when they were in private practice. They seem to adhere to the Hypocritic Oath rather than the Hippocratic Oath. One of the many eye-openers in R.V.’s excellent article is that Patrick Archer’s former practitioner denied being a Bethel member. Another Hypocritic Oath adherent?

    • Avatar Richard Christoph says:

      Beverly,

      Are you certain that they did not accept Medicare, or did you perhaps mean MediCal?

      If the latter, many health care practitioners do not participate in the MediCal program because reimbursements for treatment are lower than the cost of providing care.

      • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

        Nope, I’m of an age — and have been for a number of years — that my primary insurance is Medicare. Some years ago, the Ob/Gyn I had been seeing closed up shop, and a friend suggested Winters. The first question the receptionist asked was if I had insurance. When I answered, “Medicare and supplemental,” she said that they don’t accept Medicare patients. As I see it, Van Mol and Winters are not only anti-LBGTQ, they are als anti-elder — unless it’s a Bethel elder.

        • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

          Beverly, it is not just Redding. I too have Medicare and Anthem supplement and in Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona many health providers do not accept new patients with Medicare regardless of supplement. Major providers like UC Health and Banner do but many specialists do not. Medicare pays 80% and some doctors only accept a certain amount of Medicare patients a month.

    • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

      Beverly,

      Bethel has a gimmicky thing going where becoming an actual “member” is a lengthy and difficult process that few tithes-paying Bethel attendees undergo. In that way Bethel devotees can disguise their real agenda by claiming not to be “members” when asked.

    • Avatar Richard Christoph says:

      Beverly,

      Are you certain that Dr. Van Mol did not accept Medicare, or did you perhaps mean MediCal?

      If the latter, many healthcare providers decline to participate in the MediCal program because reimbursement for treatment rarely covers the cost of providing care.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      For the record, I haven’t officially ID”d Archer’s former primary care physician as a Bethel member. Just because she’s speaking at a Bethel conference doesn’t make it so.

      • Avatar Patrick says:

        Her husband’s Facebook page is full of everything that’s Bethel! Loves Bethel, BSSM, Bethel TV… they’re BOTH speaking at the supernatural healing conference next month at Bethel. Things that make you go ..hummmmm

    • Avatar Julie Winter says:

      This comment is untrue. Both our former and our current office have ALWAYS accepted MediCare. We were not part of MediCal. So if your secondary was MediCal we could not have seen you even if your primary was MediCare. I am not taking new patients now as practice is full, but you can always check to see if another provider has space. MediCare is happily accepted.

      • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

        There must have been a real disconnect between you and your staff. Perhaps you should have enlightened your receptionist who would not make an appointment for me because my primary insurance is Medicare and secondary is Blue Shield. There was no explanation; just NO.

      • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

        Thanks for clearing that up Mayor Winter. You’re not a hater.

  6. Avatar Anonymous Heckler says:

    Wait till y’all learn about what the Sisters of Mercy think.

    I might have missed something. In these thousands of words, was there any suggestion of inappropriate medical care or discrimination against patients? Because I missed that.

    • Avatar Gregory Winters says:

      Perhaps if you factor in the denial of real science and the promotion of religious opinion masquerading as science you would view the good doctor differently. Physicians are scientists by trade and training.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        Not to be a devil’s advocate, but the great majority of physicians are technicians by trade and training, not scientists In teaching hospitals like Mercy, they’re also teachers by trade and training. The minority of scientists among physicians mostly work in research hospitals, like the hospitals of our University of California medical schools.

        Dr. Van Mol isn’t within Rory McIlroy driving distance of being a scientist.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      AH, one of the purposes of the story is to let patients know in advance, so such discrimination doesn’t occur.

  7. Avatar rene jax says:

    So other than this being a hit piece on someone that you and Archer obviously don’t like their politics, where is the offense? Did this Dr. Van Mol try to inject Archer with some anti gay drug, or torture him with electrodes? Unlike yourselves, I have been to doctors who I didn’t like, but in the 2.4 minutes I interact with them, WHO FRAKING CARES????
    I guess you do, since its more important for you to attack their beliefs than their level of service.
    Are we at a point in society that every person that serves us or that we come into contact with has to have a blue wave on their name tag which identifies their personal beliefs are in line with our leftist ideologies? Where does this stop?
    My mercy you spend hours writing this Je Accuse hit piece and it’s all because you don’t like this doctor’s politics.
    Okay we get it. They hold beliefs you don’t like. This is the real world and you can go to another doctor, another clinic another hospital, or even just suffer through your enlarged prostate. But to cough up such nasty infected flem like this and try to pass it off as journalism is rank.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Maybe you’re willfully unaware of this, but the great majority of mental health professionals hold that homosexuals are perfectly capable of being as happy and well-adjusted as straight people. To the extent that they have mental health issues, it’s owing to factors such as intolerance and feelings of alienation, especially in settings (families, communities) where intolerance is the norm. Dr. Van Mol’s claim that homosexuals are just as messed up in places where tolerance is the norm is pure anti-science bullscheisse.

      The conversion therapy that Dr. Van Mol advocates is damaging. It’s damaging in and of itself, but also damaging in that it sends the message: You are sinful in a way that we’re not. You’re damaged goods, and we need to fix you. Your feelings are unnatural and your sex life is repugnant. If you don’t change, you’re going to Hell. You’re lucky we don’t go Old Testament on your @$$—you know it’s happened before here in Shastanistan, right?

      • Avatar rene jax says:

        At your suggestion I went out and reviewed this conversion therapy that you say is damaging. Some people that have received it state clearly that it did them good, while others not. Same thing for electroshock therapy, which is still used to this day. Some pts state they need it to overcome their severe depression. Others state is is damaging.
        But more to the point, not everyone on this planet is going to agree with your or my beliefs. I don’t personally find the fact that some American medical associations are in opposition to his. I’ve personally gone to doctors in China that do not believe in the possibility of a person being trapped in the wrong body. Every Asia doctor I’ve met holds this belief. Doesn’t stop me as a transsexual from getting my diagnosis, getting my pills and getting on with my life. And unlike the author of this article, I never felt compelled to write a hit piece on them for holding their beliefs.

        • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

          Rene Jax, I’m slightly familiar with your story and I know it’s been a tough ordeal. But quite frankly, Dr. Van Mol is using you as a prop. Bethel Church has a habit of doing this. For example, in their recent publication, “Changed,” they include two gay men who survived the Pulse night club shooting as successful conversion therapy patients. Do you think your identity is a post-modern construct, as Dr. Van Mol believes?

    • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

      rene jax,

      Van Mol is a rabid – and very outspoken – promoter of provably harmful, ineffective gay conversion therapy. The article linked below lists the research and positions of every major medical organization on this issue.

      And Van Mol didn’t do anything to Patrick Archer simply because he wasn’t give the chance. As a member of a Bethel watchdog group Patrick was fortunately familiar with Van Mol’s anti-gay extremism and unscientific/harmful beliefs before he was given the chance.

      Finally, this isn’t about “politics”. It’s about trying to pass off primitive religious condemnation as medical treatment, in violation of every piece of legitimate medical and scientific research.

      https://www.hrc.org/resources/the-lies-and-dangers-of-reparative-therapy

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Believe it or not Rene Jax, I went through all the criticisms you’re leveling at me now while writing the story. This story would be less one-sided if Dr. Van Mol would have talked to me.

    • Avatar Patrick says:

      Rene Jax.. if you were Jewish, would you be comfortable with seeing a doctor thats a member of the nazi party? If you were a person of color would you feel comfortable seeing a doctor that belongs to the KKK?? Do you really believe that their hate towards others just stops at the door and they instantly have a totally different mindset?? I don’t believe so. That’s why I refused to see Van Mol, Common sense. Having read Van Mols stance with regards to his hateful gay conversion therapy, ( which he & Bethel make money on), why would I want to subject myself to such a person? I wouldn’t so I opted out of that setting. In emails, I have asked the question to both Van Mol & the leaders of Bethel that support conversion therapy, “can you convert a straight person to become gay? If you truly believe your teachings can convert from gay to straight, it certainly must work vise versa”!??? Absolutely crickets from any of them. It’s all about the money, not the care of people.

    • Avatar Kirsten Plate says:

      No- it’s not about politics. It’s about the care, you may receive from an individual that does not believe your reality. It would be hard to feel safe in such an environment.

  8. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    As I read this, I had this trilogy of thoughts:

    1. The fight against Bethel’s takeover of Redding is over and done. Learn to live with it, or move. Otherwise, you’re like a liberal living in Kansas, and all of your rending of garments and gnashing of teeth only serves to make you miserable. Kansas ain’t turning blue, and Bethel will be a dominating presence in Redding until the church implodes in a sex scandal (or whatever), or the rapture occurs.

    2. Wouldn’t it be great if Bethel’s leaders and their flock used the enormous store of resources and political power at their disposal to focus on Redding’s homelessness and opioid addiction troubles? You know, instead of squandering so much of their energy on disseminating LGBTQ misinformation and dubious deeds? I think that’s what Jesus would have focused on….don’t you? But I won’t be holding my breath. The Bethel Borg seems to be hell-bent on geographic and economic expansion rather than forming a heavenly place on Earth out of the lump of clay that is our troubled community.

    3. I’m not a mind-reader, so I can’t call Dr. Van Mol a “hater” without more information. The possibility remains that he’s just delusional. At any rate, his arguments (based on bad data, spurious reasoning, and dogma) in favor of treating LGBTQ people like they’re mentally ill is enough for me to conclude that he’s likely in the wrong profession. I want my doctors and auto mechanics to be rational empiricists. If I took my Tundra to a mechanic and he told me that an important component of fixing my wonky transmission involved praying for the healing of my worn flywheel while laying on the hands, I’d quickly find another mechanic.

    WTF, Dignity Health.

    • Steve’s back. 🙂 xoxoxoxoxox

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      1. Actually, there is a Bethel sex scandal. I just haven’t reported it yet. 2. Bethel does do some work with the homeless and drug-addicted, minimal though it is. 3. In our time, most of us expect our doctors to be able to separate religion from practicing medicine. I think most doctors are capable of that. This doctor?

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        I’m flexible on #3. I know a doctor socially who’s a devout Christian. In my experience, she’s driven to be excellent at whatever she takes on, so I have very little doubt she’s a good physician. I’ve never been her patient, but if I showed up in her ER and she asked if I wanted her to say a quick prayer for me, I’d probably answer “sure” (or “nah, I’m good” if I was feeling curmudgeonly).

        Even though I don’t share them, I would never expect that she abandon her religious beliefs and practices at the hospital door. I’d only be concerned if I thought those beliefs were adversely affecting her medical judgement.

        • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

          It’s interesting that this whole conversation revolves around who’s going to give you that physical, when most doctors these days don’t touch you at all, they just read the results of the blood test you were supposed to remember the get.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            My personal physician is at Mercy Family Medical Group. He’s among the warmest people I’ve encountered in this town. Is his concern for his patients genuine? If it’s not, I’m content to be 100% hoodwinked.

            Research shows that empathy, as scored by patients, is one of the traits that most predicts the effectiveness of medical professionals. I’ve had doctors who barely acknowledge that I’m in the room—I’m a chart with an insurance policy—and I never feel like I’m in good hands with them. Same with dentists.

          • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

            Good lord don’t get me started about dentists.

    • Avatar Dave Dahlberg says:

      Your number 3 really jibes with my thoughts on this but i will take your line about rational empiricists a scootch further. If one attends Bethel and is OK with everything that goes on there one CANNOT be a rational empiricist. If you look at the “Glory cloud” and don’t think “Who is dumping glitter into the HVAC system?” then there is something broken there. I don’t want to get too into the weeds about ecstatic experience and the like but after the experience is over most rational people question the facts. I see no evidence that any of these Bethel experiencees ever question the veracity of what they have experienced. I don’t want somebody “Checking MY oil” who cant discern between reality and fantasy.

  9. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    80% of the country supports equal rights for LGBTQ and, despite efforts by some and claims by others, that number is growing. As I have posted many times, Redding is going in one direction while Laramie and the rest of the country and world are going in the other.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      I used to have very little faith in people changing their core beliefs later in life, but deep faith in an inevitable process of enlightened members of younger generations replacing their older, entrenched, bigoted elders. I thought: That’s how, over time, we phase out racism, sexism, homophobia, Panglossian faith, greed-based economies that wholly neglect environmental health, and the whole shiteree.

      I still have faith in that progressive march—more or less—but I find that faith waning in the age of Trump, a SCOTUS that will be reactionary until long after I’m gone, and regular mass murders carried out mostly by angry young men using military-style gear. My faith is further eroded by my associations with nice, well-educated, intelligent, earnest people a generation younger than myself who have allowed themselves to be chumped by a local pair of intellectually and theologically challenged lightweight carnival barkers. And even that wouldn’t bother me so much if the two hucksters weren’t dressing up old-school, fundamentalist, intolerant fire-and-brimstone theology as something nice, new, friendly, shiny, and financially rewarding.

      My optimism has been replaced by a dimming, teeth-gritting hopefulness.

      • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

        All that you’ve said puts me in mind of the upcoming election. I don’t want yet another Bethel adherent to be elected, but I know very little about the other candidates. The sound bites in the election pamphlets all sound wonderful although not all the candidates bothered to write even that little bit of nothing. I don’t know how to delve deeply into the candidates’ true beliefs.

        • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

          That’s definitely something we need to research. I know that Megan Dahle is Brian Dahle’s wife, who is a shameless Bethel toady. In fact, Dahle was the one who held the “faith and values” town hall meeting with Bethel Elder and Redding Mayor Julie Winter.

          • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

            Megan Dahle is who I was referring to when I said that I didn’t want another Bethel adherent. I’m beginning to agree with Steve about not voting for any Republicans because they all seem to lean toward the religious right.

      • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

        Steve, in a past post, you remarked about some of your Bethel tennis friends who were wonderful, happy people. Here, it sounds as though you are reversing your feelings toward them “because these nice, well-educated, intelligent, earnest people a generation younger than myself who have allowed themselves to be chumped by a local pair of intellectually and theologically challenged lightweight carnival barkers.” Same people?

  10. Avatar Karen Calanchini says:

    What do the Sisters of Mercy think and when we well find that out?

    What a complicated world we are living in….so happy I grew up when and where I did. I feel sorry for today’s youngsters. So many young, married couples today are choosing not to have children, saying, “we do not want to bring children into this world”…How sad is that?
    Thank you RV for this interesting article, which is certainly food for thought.

    • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

      In a piece here on ANC a few months ago, one commenter had been admitted to Mercy, and a Bethel doctor did a laying on of hands to assist the healing process. Unless that doctor has been dismissed or was roundly chastised, I’m guessing Mercy turned a blind eye.

  11. Adrienne Jacoby Adrienne Jacoby says:

    You’re locked in on that nail-head, R.V . . . keep on firing!!

  12. Frank Treadway Frank Treadway says:

    It’s Bethel and their blind-sided followers that’ll have the Rapture….one that’ll cause them to wake up in a world called New Redding, a place that is growing around them, a place that is changing and smart entrepreneurs are moving to, people of color (oh my) and most of all those pesky LGBTQ+ folk, why, they are everywhere and they act and look just like everyone else.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      While I prefer to interview people about their beliefs, I was never really worried if Dr. Van Mol would respond to the half-dozen requests I sent because he has a long track record of deceitful writing. Honestly, the fake news aspect of AC Peds is the most important take away from this story.

  13. Frank Treadway Frank Treadway says:

    Oh, and Beverly, the hands-on-praying while being a patient at Mercy, hmmm, that issue is on hold, stay tuned.

    • Adrienne Jacoby Adrienne Jacoby says:

      You know, when I was a child of 7 or so, I had my tonsils removed at Loma Linda in So. Calif. Our family knew that it was an adventist hospital. In fact, that was one of the reasons we chose that facility. When they rolled me in to the surgery center my doctor asked if it was okay with me if they said a prayer before they began. I remember thinking it was a great idea! As I remember, the surgeon asked God’s blessing on the team and for God to guide his hands while he worked. None of the prayer was about me. As a child I felt respected (they asked first) and reassured (they asked for divine help in their work). I find that quite different than having someone put their hands on me and direct their fervor in my direction.

  14. Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

    Well said, Frank. And I certainly hope all you’ve said comes true. However, two seemingly successful business have closed in the past few weeks: Famous Dave’s and Wild Card. I understand that Wild Card simply attempted to expand too quickly which is a failing of many small businesses. I don’t know why Famous Dave’s left a valuable piece of real estate empty. I hope I’m here to see the Bethel implosion.

  15. Avatar Ann Webber says:

    I’m curious about how Dignity would react to a physician who is connected to an anti vaccine group that is prolific and vocal.

    Thank you RV! Once again, you are shining light into some very dark places!

  16. Avatar Candace C says:

    When a physician or religious organization such as Dr. Van Mol and Bethel Church quite openly publish and preach anti -LGBTQ views they in turn make themselves open to being subject to criticism by the LGBTQ community and its supporters. The limelight was not thrust upon them; they willingly stepped into it – center stage. Some call R.V.’s reporting a hit piece. I call it useful information. It’s very hard to find doctors in Shasta County willing or able to take on new patients and even harder to find those who accept commonly used insurance providers. My guess is that most people would rather not “live with” a bad prostate. I’d also venture a guess that if I were a member of the LGBTQ community I’d like to know beforehand that the doctor (perhaps the only one available in my insurance network as a preferred provider) in charge of my health care not only thinks I’m an abomination but chooses to publicly push and support an anti-LGBTQ agenda based on pseudo-science. Said doctor may be an excellent diagnostic technician but I’d personally be wary if I knew before they looked underneath my hood that they indeed loathed my make and model.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Thanks Candance! I’m OK if some people think this is a hit-piece, that’s what sometimes happen if you refuse the be interviewed for the story.

  17. Avatar Gracious Palmer says:

    Thank you, RV, for continuing to speak up and speak out. Silence is never an option.

  18. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    The comments on here are tame compared to the ones about the same article on Facebook. But then Facebook doesn’t have a mediator.

  19. Avatar Matthew Grigsby says:

    Fascinating piece here RV, and I appreciate the work you’re doing (and have already done).

    I’m glad Patrick chose not to go to Van Mol, and I wouldn’t have either. Trying to suss out whether your doctor is LGBTQ+ friendly or hostile can be a challenge, which makes getting the proper care difficult at best, and it makes it even harder to have the kind of honest conversation with your doctor that leads to better healthcare.

    And I wish for the life of me I could understand what someone’s bedroom partner preference has to do with ANYTHING or ANYONE, ever. It doesn’t matter to me who my doctor sleeps with (there are exceptions, of course), or my mailman or the cashier at the grocery store. Why people go to these great lengths to try and change or influence other people is mystifying.

    I mean, other than the theory that those who fight the hardest and scream the loudest are really just fighting and screaming at themselves, because come ON.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      I don’t get this moral counter-revolution bullshit either, brother.

    • Adrienne Jacoby Adrienne Jacoby says:

      Back in the early 80’s, a group of my students who had huge crushes on Elton John ,were bemoaning the fact that he had come out as gay. They were being as righteously judgemental as only junior highers can be. I remember saying to them (public school, junior high) . . . “Oh, has he ever made a pass at you?” To which, of course , replied in the negative. To which I further opined, ” . . . then whom he chooses to love is none of your business.” I always wonder of those who hold such vocally strong opinions about the love lives of a singular group of people in our society also question their pastors, when they interview for the job, as to what sexual position they prefer. . . . . one is as much their business as the other!!

  20. Avatar Kirsten Plate says:

    Thank you RV. It confirms my belief that ” For evil to triumph, good man must hold his tongue”.

  21. Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

    Fundamentalist fanatics like Bethel leaders attempt to give a sense of nobility to their fear and hatred by presenting it as “God’s will” – as people of their ilk have done to try and justify slavery, segregation, Jim Crow laws, the subjegation of women, etc. throughout the country’s history. In fact, every time a group other than white, straight, “Christian” men have gained a few hard-won civil rights, they rush in to assert their privileged place as morally superior beings “chosen by God” to keep society in line (with themselves at the head of the line).

  22. Avatar Heather says:

    I think the information you provided in this article was so important for our community. I appreciate journalists, such as yourself, that are not afraid to write about what some may considrr controversial topics. I will never understand any religion that advocates hate and intolerance in the name of God…..then turn around and preach that same God is all loving…..it doesn’t add up to me….but anyways, I really liked your article and wanted to thank you for the information.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Thanks Heather. The hardest part of the work that went into this story involved reading a dozen Dr Van Mol articles and fact-checking them.

  23. Just a little station identification here and a shout out to all the paid subscribers who make it possible for ANC to pay top-notch journalists like R.V. Scheide to investigate and report on important topics.

    There were many years when Dignity Health was an ANC subscriber, and the year it (and two other major advertisers) pulled its advertising was the year we almost went under.

    Imagine how weird it would be for ANC and Dignity Health if it were still an advertiser, and we published today’s story.

    It’s why, although I adore and appreciate every one of our advertisers, our growing family of individual subscribers are who keep us going. If we lose one subscriber who pays $5 a month over a story the subscriber hates, we’ll still survive. If we lose a heavily invested advertiser who dislikes our coverage on a topic, it could be the end of us.

    So, thank you, subscribers. And if you’re not a subscriber and you like ANC’s coverage, feel free to join us.

    https://anewscafe.com/subscribe/subscription-sign-up/

    OK, carry on.

    • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

      Are you listening fellow ANC fans? If you’re not a subscriber but still read and comment here, a pox on you. The free press ain’t free in this case. Open your wallets so that ANC can thrive.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Doni, there’s never been a doubt in my mind that Dignity Health pulled their ads because someone whispered in their ear. Perhaps they’ll change their mind!

      • LOL. I won’t hold my breath waiting for Dignity to advertise with us again.

        • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

          Doni, Anews is an E-edition news source and you need online advertisers from out of county or state. Local brick and mortar are not likely to want to advertise on a news source that exposes local, dare I call it corruption. You are a liberal news source in a strong Conservative district controlled by a small local church cult. I call Bethel small because last weekend here in Phoenix the 7th Day Adventists held a one day conference at Chase Field attended by 40,000.
          Anews needs an online ad sales person to design a flyer and sell to online retailers who don’t care what the local attitudes are. With all the outdoor recreation opportunities that are shown on Anews you need to look for retailers that share those desires. A good place to look would be Colorado. Colorado has embraced outdoor recreation, a multi billion dollar business just in Colorado, and now has a 100 group lobbyist in DC. Environmental issues, biking, hiking, camping, hunting and fishing and yes Colorado is light years ahead of California on marijuana.
          With all the start ups in the Denver area that would be an untapped market for Anews to target for online retailers which is the future in retailing.
          Hire a commission only sales person to design a flyer and email it to hundreds of Colorado businesses that are looking for new ways to advertise.

          • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

            Bruce,

            I see you’re still attempting to promote the myth that Bethel is just a “small local church”. Bethel is a key player in the vast international Dominionist Movement, with new church plants and other affiliates all over the world. Bethel leaders have an international following in the hundreds of thousands world-wide.

            Bethel’s regular attendees may currently comprise “only” about one-tenth of the city’s population. However, that’s changing steadily as Bethel adherents continue to flood the area. They are relentlessly taking over the business community, the medical community, public schools, local housing, and everything else in sight.

          • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

            Patricia, I see you are still promoting the myth that Bethel is part of world wide 7 molehill take over of the world. Let me know when they invade Arizona or Wyoming.
            My oldest daughter, an Anderson High graduate, works for the US Attorney’s office in Wyoming. According to your myth she is part of a dominstic takeover of the world and she has never heard of Bethel. She is back in DC this week for training and it doesn’t include any 7 molehill takeover of the world.
            Bethel is a small town cult that doesn’t even number the 40,000 7th Day Adventists, out of 10 billion in the world, that were here last Saturday.

          • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

            Bruce,

            Flaming, admitted, god-in-government Christian dominionists are now in charge of the majority of federal agencies, and serve on numerous federal courts and commissions. A small sampling of that very long list are Betsy DeVos, WIlliam Barr, Rick Perry, and Ben Carson.

            And let’s not forget Trump’s inner circle of Dominionist “advisors”, who are consulted on foreign and domestic policy.

            “Evangelical” Christians (the group who feeds the Dominionist movement, are Bethel adherents, and voted overwhelmingly for Trump) number about 700 million world-wide. There’s nothing “small” or insignificant about THAT.

            And if you aren’t aware that these people are already in control of state government in Arizona, you aren’t very well informed.

          • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

            Patricia, my daughter works for Attorney General Barr and I call your attacks on her as false. You are the one who is uninformed and biaest.
            I’m done arguing with you.

          • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

            Bruce,

            In exactly what capacity does your daughter “work for” William Barr? (who has stated in so many words that he’s like to replace our system of government with biblical Old Testament law?

            Of course not every rank-and-file federal employee is a dominionist (what a ridiculous claim). However, many of the people in charge at the top now ARE, and they are attempting – and in some cases succeeding – in doing a considerable amount of damage.

          • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

            Patricia, she is an Administrative Officer in Wyoming. While your liberal heroes are spouting free college she paid for her college by serving in the military, in conflict zones during President Clinton’s terms, right out of high school.
            And if you don’t mean all federal employees are not part of your 7 molehill myth you should state it clearly and not just allude to it.

          • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

            Bruce,

            Never once have I claimed that every single federal employee in the country is a dominionist. I’ve been perfectly clear in that 7 Mountiain dominionists of the Bethel variety have been appointed by Trump to head numerous federal agencies, and to other positions at the highest levels of government. Trump also chose the worst-of-the-worst God-in-government fanatic as his vice-president, and has surrounded himself with dominionist “advisors”.

    • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

      One thing I have noticed on Anews is the absence of Marijuana ads. Many other E-edition news have MJ ads. In fact Phoenix News-Times, an E-edition in Phoenix, was slammed by a FOX news anchor who was suspended for a day for her on air comment, “F— Phoenix News they are just a liberal rag supported by marijuana ads”. Is there a restriction in Redding against MJ ads?

  24. Avatar Chris Solberg says:

    “More recently, he helped get Shasta Support Services, the organization headed by Dale Ball that cleans up abandoned homeless encampments, off the ground.”

    In my opinion the most rabid anti homeless group Redding has ever seen…. A whole article if investigated hides behind that sentence yet Archer is portrayed as a champion of the minority oppressed gay community ? Plenty of LGBTQ folks in those homeless camps that are destroyed, what about them?

    • Avatar Jist Cuz says:

      I THINK tHe SEASON OF WINTER IS OVER @ COR… JIST SAYIN’ +!+

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Chris, you have a legitimate beef with Patrick, as do I. In fact, two years or ago, Patrick and I got off to a bad start on social media, because he literally did get Shasta Support Services off the ground.

      • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

        Patrick and I have had some knock-down, drag-out arguments in the past on that subject. However, I’ve found him to be much less fanatically anti-homeless and more open to reason in the more recent past.

        The same can’t be said for Dale Ball (who I believe is running for Shasta County Board of Supervisors). Ball is a rabid defender of the heavily Bethel-affiliated Rescue Mission, and apparently of all things that punish and denigrate the homeless.

      • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

        I included the Shasta Support Services reference to demonstrate that Patrick Archer isn’t a stereotypical “raging liberal.” He also has good reason to do something about the sketch artists I’m meshed within the homeless community, since he’s been victized by them.

        • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

          Below is an article from ANC about the rabidly anti-homeless members of Shasta Support Services. Note all the excuses they offer for not doing anything real to address the local homeless crisis, or adding more adequate services.

          They hold up the over-crowded, grandfathered-in, hellfire-and-brimstone Rescue Mission (which is heavily Bethel-affilated, BTW) as the be-all/end-all “solution”. Readers may recall R.V. Scheide’s excellent article several months ago proving that the Mission can’t accommodate even a fraction of the area’s homeless population – although its director lied about the Mission’s capacity, and about its overwhelmingly religious, punish-the-sinner approach.

          In my opinion these are not people who care about the homeless, or who are even willing to be fair and unbiased in their assessment of who the homeless are. Their goal is apparentely to whip up a frenzy of fear and hate through gross exageration, and by assigning every homeless person the most nefarious motives.

          https://anewscafe.com/2016/06/16/redding/citizen-groups-meet-in-library-park-with-a-message-for-vagrants-this-is-our-park-too/

  25. Avatar Robin says:

    I have gone to Vanmol since he was located on churn creek road across front EHS, and so while I was surprised to learn he was an elder or whatever at Bethel; I did know he attended Bethel. Why isn’t he allowed to have his own personal beliefs? I guess if I were Mr. Archer I would have gone just to see how I was treated by this doctor who has written all these things on his own time – if I have read the article correctly. I do wonder though why Mr. Archer believes his rights supersede Vanmol’s rights to his own beliefs? If Christopher Ciccone can advocate for Kim Davis then why is Mr. Archer so up in arms? If one group wins rights, but that win comes with the loss of rights to another group neither group has won anything and both have lost much! Or according to Ciccone “The rights we have all fought for, mean nothing, if we deny her hers.”

    • Avatar Robin says:

      I forgot to mention there are also those who think the Southern Poverty Law Center is itself a hate group.

      • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

        Robin,

        Van Mol mis-uses his position as a doctor to publicly promote “treatments” that have been proven to be harmful and ineffective by the entire legitimate international medical and psychiatric community. In this case his “beliefs” are tied to his medical practice. He is so rabidly outspoken in those beliefs that I think we can assume he isn’t going to stray from them when it comes to treating – or even discussing treatments – with his patients. None of his “rights” are being lost by warning the community of the fact that he is a blatant homophobe who advocates harmful gay conversion “therapy” (particularly for minors).

        Aside from the under-aged young people he would like to see forced into this form of abuse, he and his group are fighting tooth-and-nail to deny gay and lesbian couples the right to adopt. That is a definite attempt to deprive another group of basic rights, while losing none of his own.

        As to the Southern Poverty Law Center – it goes into a great deal of detail when labeling any group a hate group, typically using the group’s own words and actions to thoroughly make its case.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Well Robin, you’ve identified the hidden theme behind this story, freedom of conscience as mandated in the First Amendment. Funny how freedom of religion and free speech is the fall-back for deliberately lying about research.

    • Avatar Patrick says:

      Robin .. van mol certainly can have his right to belong a proven cult, Bethel. But I also have a right to not financially feed both a hateful doctor & his proven hateful cult. My insurance pays the bill, which in turns pays Dignity, which in turn pays Van Mol, which in turn is required in writing to tithe his money to Bethel. I’m not going to feed hate. I won’t subject myself to hate either. Nothing about special rights here, just being an informed consumer.

  26. Avatar Jist Cuz says:

    ALWAYS CHOOSE tHe LESSER OF EVILS… ESP ON ELECTION DAY JULIE +!+

  27. Avatar Mike Prince says:

    This was difficult to read. Aside from being all over the place, I searched in vain for how Dr. Van Mol mistreated you in any way. I also don’t see why disagreement is equated with hate? Don’t Christians, Muslims and Jews all teach against sex outside of heterosexual marriage, yet how many of us would refuse to be treated by a devout Muslim, Jew or Christian doctor if we were living with our girlfriend? The strange thing about articles like this is how they reveal the more about obsession of the author than the subject of the author’s obsession.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      LOL Mike, this was the easiest 4000-word story you’ve ever read, because I know what I’m doing. I agree with you, “Why is it hate?’ Perhaps because Van Mol considers the entire LBGTQ community mentally ill?

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Mike — The Bible prohibits all sorts of sexual and culinary practices. The forbidden sexual practice that seems rampant among the Christians I know is adultery. That’s the forbidden sexual practice that splits up families and causes the most harm, if you ask me.

      Oddly, the Bible is silent on pedophilia (not so bestiality). Even if you believe homosexuality is a sin, does it deserve even a fraction of the opposition that pedophilia deserves?

      So why is Dr. Van Mol so hyper-focused on homosexuality? Why is he obsessed with that particular “sin” to the exclusion of others? Why is he so preoccupied with the supposed dangers of homosexuality that he’s willing to pedal widely debunked pseudoscience in service of his chosen passion? Is it hate? I don’t know. Whatever the root cause, his obsession with this particular sexual behavior goes well beyond he and R.V. disagreeing.

      If you were living with your girlfriend, you could go see Dr. Van Mol without having in the back of your mind that he rails on and on about your sinful, unnatural, hell-bound behavior in his off hours—that he’s a vocal and well-known advocate for treating you differently than “normal” people. If you don’t see how that makes a difference, that’s on you.

      • Adrienne Jacoby Adrienne Jacoby says:

        A bit of interesting, to me anyway, reading is in Leviticus, chapter 19. the chapter that the ‘righteous’ love to trot out in decrying the LGBTQ LIFESTYLE. Verse 14 of that chapter declares that it is an abomination (the King James verbiage here) for men to trim their beards; verse 19 declares it is an abomination to mix fabrics (cotton/wool/linen/etc.); verse 16 forbids gossip; verse 28 forbids tattoos; chapter 3 vs. 17 also declares it is an abomination to eat the meat and/or fat from animals with cloven hooves. So, after reading all that, it makes me want to question anyone that is railing on about the LGBTQ community as to wheather they are wearing any clothing of blended fabric or have had ham or bacon for breakfast in the last week.

    • Avatar Robin says:

      That’s the thing – I had an abortion after I had been a patient for some time and his treatment of me never changed. He also knew that I was having sex with a man to whom I wasn’t married and that didn’t change his treatment of me either. I never received a lecture or anything. I choose to see Vanmol and until he retires or treats me in some manner I object to I believe he is entitled to his own opinions. I certainly have mine.

      Mike, I do agree. This article doesn’t shed any light on any wrong doing of Vanmol’s while on duty as a paid physician of dignity health. But I can certainly shed light on that dignity health wasn’t set up to take on all of the patients he and Julie brought with them even though all outward indications said they were until you left a message and expected a call back or needed to call in to make an appointment and were finally told to leave a message after 20 minutes of holding and then no return call even after 72 hours when the recording said no more than 24.

      Perhaps instead of looking into Vanmol so vehemently the author of this should take a closer look at actual catholic beliefs and see how closely the Mormons who run the local hospital or aren’t running it in accordance with Catholicism or Catholic belief. Just a suggestion.

      • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

        Robin,

        Your earlier comment about the Southern Poverty Law Center makes everything else you’ve said suspect. Assuming you actually did have an abortion, it’s a given that Van Mol didn’t help you arrange it. I also doubt you discussed it with him beforehand.

        And all his very public efforts to promote provably harmful medical practices are not just his “opinions” – he is very clear that those are what he believes the practice of medicine should be.

        If he had his way every under-aged young gay person would be forced into bible-banging hellfire-and-brimstone conversion therapy, and the only people allowed to adopt would be fundamentalist “Christians”, who would raise the child with a lot of fear, guilt, and delusional thinking.

  28. Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

    Mike Prince,

    Van Mol wasn’t given the opportunity to “mistreat” Mr. Archer. And if those Jewish or Muslim doctors were rabid public advocates for provably harmful medical practices, then yes – I believe most people would decline to see them (and the community should be warned).

    In addition, quite a few people see Bethel’s admitted in-progress plans to completely take over the City for their religion as cause for concern. It’s not an “obsession” – it’s an understandable reaction to the dominionist fanaticism of Bethel leaders.

  29. Joanne Snyder Joanne Snyder says:

    Excellent research and articl R.V. We live in a new era. Doctors are people and for most of my life I have had to deal with mildly misogynistic doctors. It’s good to know (thank you) information about the Dr with whom you hope to establish a relationship of trust. It’s a good practice when looking for a mental health care provider to see if their therapy is faith-based. The key is to remember that you are the employer and your health care provider is your employee. Excellent article R.V.

  30. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    My youngest daughter works for Optimum, a part of Dignity in Phoenix, and so I have always read on Anews the Dignity notices for new hires in Redding. Almost all have been professionals from Asian countries which means there is a good chance they are Muslim. While Muslims appear to be against LGBTQ, calling for death in some of their home countries, I have never heard of any that used that as an excuse to not, or mis, treat any patient.
    And in Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona, like most states, the health profession is being a large employer of Asians and while some may not be Muslim none could be called extreme White evangelists.
    In rural areas there is not a large pool of qualified medical professional and that would lead to providers like Dignity looking at medical experience and less at personal beliefs.

  31. Frank Treadway Frank Treadway says:

    Is it time to picket Dignity on Court St…an informational picket of course, and peaceful ? Signed petitions seem to make the corporate folks think twice. Just a thought.

  32. Avatar Larry Winter says:

    Thanks RV! Nice work.

    People that argue that Van Mol can write whatever he wants on his own time don’t mention the fact that he always identifies himself as a doctor in all of his letter writings in an effort to legitimize his screeds. So those that state that you can’t go after him as a doctor, a title he uses for legitimacy, just doesn’t hold water.

  33. Avatar Chris Solberg says:

    Folks at Dignity Health have their hands full with the old Thatcher Lumber Mill that burned down and those holding ponds that are full of Dioxin, one of the most toxic chemicals known to man and the cancer cluster of folks living on Henderson Rd over the years drinking the well water. And they want to create a new Dignity Health campus there ? Its probably a Superfund site and local media wont touch that aspect of the story with as 10 foot pole… I see why now.

  34. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    RV, good article as usual but, judging by the comments, I am mystified at who is being attacked more, Dr. Van Mol or Pat Archer.

  35. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    In this age of transparency one can click on any group, Right or Left, and read about the groups goals. But not Investigating Bethel. It is a closed group. But I saw that Pat Archer is an administrator of the group yet he is being attacked on these pages by members of this closed group. Explanation? Or is that no comment at this time.

  36. Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

    A great many groups are “closed” groups. In this case it serves a practical purpose (if you give it some thought I’m sure you’ll be able to figure it out).

    And in a group with well over a thousand very diverse members, why would you imagine that every single member would agree on every subject? (and kindly don’t label a disagreement an “attack”).

    You’re grasping at straws here, Bruce.

    • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

      Patricia, you tell me and others that we are uninformed. What is your “closed” group afraid of that we uninformed persons might find out? It is not grasping at straws to want to know information about a group you constantly bring up as the source of your investigative skills. What are you hiding? I think that is a legitimate question? I did give it a lot of thought and I can only come up with that Investigating Bethel is hiding something. Prove me wrong by opening that “closed” group to more transparency.

  37. Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

    Bruce,

    You are being deliberately obtuse. Investigating Bethel hasn’t always been very careful about vetting new members. As a result, some members have been forced to leave the group when the cult followers who infiltrated it called their employers to threaten the loss of Bethel business. Other members have been harassed in other ways by these self-entitled fanatics.

    Of course there are other legitimate reasons to protect the privacy of members and the integrity of the group, but I’m not going to discuss them here.

    • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

      Patricia, no group, including Bethel, lists their member’s names where anyone can see. Bethel and other groups, sometimes list board members. But all list their goals. Something Investigating Bethel doesn’t do. Nobody is asking who belongs to your group but what are your goals? What are you afraid of to show the interested person who might want to support your cause?
      Right in this article, and other Anews articles, are calls to boycott businesses because of Bethel ties. It is not obtuse to want to know more about the group calling for this.

      • Avatar Larry Winter says:

        Bruce, I’m a member but have never contributed nor do I agree with everything posted, but the stories told by past members are interesting. But, as in other closed FB groups there is an “about” link and this is what it states.

        “The goal is to bring awareness to what Bethel is doing and hopefully get into a position to take a stand against them. There needs to be a separation between church and state.
        Group Type
        Social Learning”

        • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

          Larry, I read that but in the upper right hand corner is a list of items that I click on and get a blank screen. Nobody is asking for personal stories but before I would offer personal information to be “considered” for membership I would want more information.
          Right now my understanding of Bethel is founded on what is on these pages and what I read on my Facebook friends pages and personal conversation with Redding friends. And there are two different takes on Bethel.

          • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

            Per its 7 Mountains Mandate, Bethel is attempting to “take over” and “infiltrate” every aspect of local society, with the objective of installing a religious government and society on behalf of its brutal fundamentalist “god” (with considerable local progress having been made toward that end). Bethel leaders also exploit their massive number of brainwashed followers to influence both local and national politics.

            Bethel adherents have no respect for the separation of church and state, or for other people’s right to believe as they choose. They are taught that they’ve been chosen by god to turn Redding into their version of a theocracy (as a world-wide example of how it can be done), and that anyone who objects is an agent of Satan.

            For anyone who has been following Bethel’s activities over the years, there are no “two sides” to this issue – there is Bethel’s harmful, self-entitled fanaticism vs. everyone else’s freedom.

          • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

            Patricia, I have read Bethel’s claims and healing stories on their transparent website and have to say, in my opinion, that they are pure charlatism commonly called snake oil salesman.
            I can not offer any opinion, only guesses, as to Investigating Bethel as they are afraid, in my opinion, that their stories may fall into the dubious category too.
            Prove me wrong. You asked me a personal question about what my daughter does for AG Barr and I answered it. Extend me the same courtesy.

  38. Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

    Bruce,

    OK – My son is a chef who manages a restaurant in Galveston, Texas (there – I reciprocated).

    And if you think there is anything even remotely “transparent” about Bethel, you need a reality check as much as its delusional followers.

    Also, your accusations against a watchdog group are libelous. Its members don’t owe Bethel or its sympathizers (like you) an intimate look into the ways in which they are trying to protect the community.

    • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

      Patricia, nice deflection, a chef against an AO for doministic Barr.
      The only one making libelous accusations is you, not just against Bethel but against Redding Rescue Mission or any one that helps the homeless, poor, or needy but not your way.
      You have personally called me out for patting myself on my back for doing minimal work with St. Marys Food Bank. Standing outside in triple digit temps is not minimal and the people I hand food to are very grateful.
      You can just stay in your AC cubicle making false claims like you always do.
      And this debate was started because you jumped in when I was explaining options to Doni for advertising on Anews.
      Please leave me alone unless I actually address you which I won’t.

  39. Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

    I wasn’t “deflecting”. You asked me to respond to your claim that your daughter is an “administrative officer” in Wyoming (whatever that is). That vague statement didn’t warrant my telling you the inner workings of a watchdog group whose members have already suffered harassment from Bethel, so I replied in kind.

    In addition, this leg of our discussion didn’t start because you gave Doni advice. It started because you made the incredible – and thoroughly debunked – claim that Bethel is just “a small local church”. Over time in this forum you’ve been presented with overwhelming evidence that Bethel is actually a key component in a vast international operation, with hundreds of thousands of devotees world-wide.

    Finally, much of what I’ve said about Bethel and its cohort, the Rescue Mission, has been said by R.V. in his various impressively-researched articles. Anything I’ve said beyond that I’ve PROVEN.

    • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

      And BTW Bruce – if you continue to make false (and in my opinion, harmful) statements, I will respond to those statements, with or without your approval.

  40. Avatar Chris Solberg says:

    The Good News Rescue Mission (Dave Honey) spoke in favor some years ago at a Redding City Council meeting in favor of criminalizing homelessness and making it a misdemeanor to Sleep (Camping) or keeping Warm by a fire, (Campfire) punishable up to a 1000 dollar fine and or 6 months in jail. I was at the meeting and spoke against it. GNRM past director is now in and directing the Idaho mission / shelter embroiled in controversy in Martin v Idaho that declares it cruel and unusual punishment to punish homeless when only shelter is full or full of Christian scripture and preaching which the GNRM still is to this day… Redding police I believe have been directing cruel and unusual punishment towards for years.

    And finally I would like to add that before myself or anybody else was advocating for the homeless there was one here in Redding championing their cause.

    When City of Redding was demolishing what was left of their beautiful old 50 Motels used for low income housing she was the only one was pleading the cause of those displaced seeking shelter.

    Lets not forget the battle and protest against REU and their habit of removing people from their homes who need help paying an ever increasing utility bill.

    Easily she could stand shoulder to shoulder with Isaac Lowe who has spent much of her life fighting for civil rights in Shasta County, yet is almost completely unrecognized and unsung.

    Yet her list of good deeds and fighting the good fight continues to this day….

    Many owe you a debt of gratitude Patricia Barrett

    And I thank you for your courage and commitment.

  41. Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

    Thank you Chris – I appreciate the kind words.

    However, I’m undeserving of the comparison, since nothing I’ve ever done could even begin to compare to the accomplishments of Isaac Lowe, who showed us all what real courage is. I had the great privilege of knowing Isaac causually through activities we were both involved in, and what struck me the most was how much she cared about all people – no matter their color. Shasta County has a long and sordid history of racism, and I believe Isaac would have literally been putting her life on the line at times to bring about the changes she fought for. Shasta County is far better off for her tireless and courageous efforts.

  42. Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

    Just as a point of interest:

    In a pathetic attempt to discredit this article, Andre Van Mol posted a right-wing opinion piece on his social media pages titled “The Southern Poverty Law Center is a Hate-based Scam”, written by a propagandist from another desinated hate group, the so-called “Alliance Defending Freedom” (I won’t replicate that opinion piece here because I don’t want to give the distortions, exaggerations, and outright lies it’s comprised of any further exposure).

    A main contention of this opinion piece is that SPLC labels organizations hate groups for no reason other than that they promote “traditional values” like “protecting the family, promoting the dignity of every human life, and advocating for religious liberty” (translation: they’re anti-LGBT, anti-abortion, and in favor of giving fundamentalist “Christians” special treatment and privileges at everyone else’s expense). It uses a Bethel favorite – the so-called “Family Research Council” – as an example.

    SPLC very carefully and thoroughly vets any organization it designates as a hate group, based on the organization’s actual activities and direct quotes from its leaders. Below is a long list of harmful lies by the FRC, which were proven to be lies long before FRC leaders ever made these statements:

    https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/group/family-research-council

    • Avatar Tim says:

      “A little-reported fact is that homosexual and lesbian relationships are far more violent than are traditional married households.”
      — Timothy Dailey, FRC publication, “Homosexual Parenting: Placing Children at Risk,” 2002

      The SPLC says this is a lie, but it is actually true. According to the CDC:

      44 percent of lesbians and 61 percent of bisexual women experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, compared to 35 percent of heterosexual women

      26 percent of gay men and 37 percent of bisexual men experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, compared to 29 percent of heterosexual men

      46 percent of bisexual women have been raped, compared to 17 percent of heterosexual women and 13 percent of lesbians

      22 percent of bisexual women have been raped by an intimate partner, compared to 9 percent of heterosexual women

      40 percent of gay men and 47 percent of bisexual men have experienced sexual violence other than rape, compared to 21 percent of heterosexual men

    • Avatar Tim says:

      FRC says:
      “[H]omosexual activists vehemently reject the evidence which suggests that homosexual men … are … relative to their numbers, more likely to engage in such actions [childhood sexual abuse] than are heterosexual men.”
      — Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at FRC, on why the Boy Scouts should not allow LGBT Scouts or leaders, FRC blog, February 1, 2013

      SPLC says false

      Actually true, although UC Davis’s pyschology department cautions that the data is available only from convicted child molestors – 24% of which self-identify as LGBT compared to only 7% of the general population.

    • Avatar Tim says:

      FRC says: “People with gender dysphoria or transgender identities are more likely than the general public to engage in high-risk behaviors, which may result from or contribute to psychological disorders (or both). …High rates of suicide exist even among those who have already received gender reassignment surgery, which suggests that suicidal tendencies result from an underlying pathology.”
      — FRC senior fellow Peter Sprigg, “How to Respond to the LGBT Movement,” pamphlet published February 2018

      SPLC says this is a lie.

      It is true that research shows extremely high rates of suicide among the trans population, including after reassignment. The most recent study out of Sweden still shows high suicide rates, but also notes that they are coming down among those undergoing more recent treatment. So the last part of Sprigg’s statement “which suggests that suicidal tendencies result from an underlying pathology” is unsupported conjecture (growing societal acceptance of trans might be the reason for the decline in post reassignment suicide rates, which could suggest societal acceptance, rather than an underlying pathology, may be the largest factor)

      • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

        Tim,

        I don’t have time to take apart all of your mis-statements at the moment. However, in a quick perusal of the one actual link you posted (a heavily-biased opinion piece in the ultra-right-wing National Review), a few obvious lies jumped out at me.

        One is that the F.B.I. stopped using the Southern Poverty Law Center as a resource because of internal personnel problems (which few large organizations escape), and what amounts to a single error in classification (which SPLC admitted to and compensated for). F.B.I spokespeople have made it extremely clear that a decision was made to stop using ANY private organization in that capacity, since it discriminates against other private organizations of that type that are not used as a resource. They stated plainly that it had nothing to do with any perceived SPLC problem or activity.

        Your link also stated that Christina Hoff Sommers (who writes books claiming that the patriarchy no longer exists, and that the goal of modern-day feminism is just to harm boys and men) was labeled a male supremacist by SPLC. That is patently untrue. What little SPLC had to say about Sommers can be found (supported by evidence) in the link below:

        https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/03/08/christina-hoff-sommers-cant-take-single-line-criticism

        • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

          I’m back to address another of your misrepresentations, which is that a large percentage of pedophiles are “gay”.

          Pedophiles are attracted (exclusively in most cases) to young children, and often to both genders. They are neither straight nor gay. However, child molestation is very much a crime of opportunity, and male pedophiles (as the overwhelming majority are) have much greater access to boys than to girls.

          https://www.huffpost.com/entry/homosexuality-and-pedophi_b_1932622

  43. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    Tim, I was wondering how long it would take before your ridiculous troll fished someone in. Not long I see.

  44. Avatar Patricia Stamm says:

    That won’t work Bruce (you’re so transparent).

  45. Avatar Erica says:

    If citizens are concerned about pedophiles, start looking at questionable religious groups. It seems like there are a lot more religious leaders in the news for molesting kids than gay people.

    If people want to complain to Dignity Health, about an unethical doctors, here’s a link

    https://www.dignityhealth.org/contact-us

    https://www.dignityhealth.org/central-california/locations/mercymedical-merced/patients-and-visitors/for-patients/patient-rights-and-responsibilities

  46. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    My concern about Dignity, which I posted on the same article on Facebook where posters can’t hide their identity, is how often Dignity is in disputes with Medicare and Anthem over fraud billings. In Both California and Arizona.
    As far as having staff that is anti LGBTQ or believes in laying on hands healing I think that is a Redding problem. I have heard nothing about those issues in Arizona. Also Redding does not have the health choice options other areas have.

  47. Avatar Mary Hawblitzel says:

    Wow, It seems like Archer is very discriminating against people who hold alternative beliefs to his own. Some would call that a bigot or racist. How is this any different? What happened to tolerance! If a Dr refused to see a patient for his beliefs/practices, he would be ruined, but Archer (without cause) refuses to see Dr Van Moll simply because of what he believes. Astounding hypocrisy!

  48. Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

    Mary Hawblitzel,

    Did you miss the fact in the article above that Van Mol has a primary position in a designated hate group that promotes proven lies, which have no purpose other than to inspire fear and hatred of the LGBT community?

    Or the fact that he and his group are working hard to force provably harmful, ineffective gay conversion therapy on minors?

    Or that they want to deprive some of the half-million children languishing in foster care of loving homes just because those households aren’t headed by bible-banging straight couples, who will raise them with guilt, superstition, fear, and prejudice?

    As pointed out by another commenter above, for a gay person to patronize this “doctor” would be like an African-American person patronizing someone who is a member of the KKK.

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