Link BAKERSFIELD - A family is turned away by a local pediatrician, they say because of the way they look. The doctor said he is just following his beliefs, creating a Christian atmosphere for his patients. Tasha Childress said its discrimination. She said Dr. Gary Merrill wouldnt treat her daughter for an ear infection because Tasha, the mother, has tattoos. The writing is on the wallliterally: This is a private office. Appearance and behavior standards apply. For Dr. Gary Merrill of Christian Medical Services, that means no tattoos, body piercings, and a host of other requirementsall standards Merrill has set based upon his Christian faith. I suppose this doctor has the right to deny service to anyone since he is in private practice, but, as a Christian, I have a real problem with him doing so in the name of Christianity. He needs to read his Bible again to see that Christ never refused to help anyone.