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The Reason This Pastor Isn’t Handing Over His Sermon Transcripts to the Government

flag religion we the peoplefrom – The Daily Signal – by Leah Jessen

A public health official who also is a lay minister says he will not turn over his sermons and related documents to the state of Georgia, which he contends fired him for what he preached from the pulpit of his church.

“My faith has fueled me,” Dr. Eric Walsh, who served as an associate pastor and still preaches, said at a press conference Wednesday at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta. “I want to be able to protect the faith of others, so I really have no intention of turning over the sermons.”

Walsh, 45, accepted a job as district health director with Georgia’s Department of Public Health in May 2014. He expected to start work around the middle of June, according to his lawyers at First Liberty Institute.

But a week later, officials with the health agency requested copies of sermons Walsh had preached before congregations of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

After reviewing the contents of the sermons, the agency fired Walsh, according to First Liberty, a legal organization that defends religious freedom.

Walsh’s sermon topics include compassion for the poor, health, marriage, sexuality, world religions, science, and creationism, his lawyers say. In 2014, the Los Angeles Times noted a controversy over his sermons on homosexuality and evolution.

Walsh previously served as director of the Public Health Department in Pasadena, California, for four years. He has a medical degree and a doctorate of public health and is a former member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

As The Daily Signal previously reported, Georgia Department of Public Health spokeswoman Nancy Nydam said Walsh’s religious beliefs “had nothing to do with the decision to withdraw the [job] offer.” In an email to The Daily Signal, Nydam wrote:

During the background check process, DPH learned Dr. Walsh failed to disclose outside employment to his previous public health employer, which also was in violation of California law. Due to violation of both California state law and DPH policy, the offer to Dr. Walsh was rescinded. During his interview, Dr. Walsh disclosed his religious beliefs to DPH staff and indicated that he preached at his church in California. Dr. Walsh’s religious beliefs had nothing to do with the decision to withdraw the offer.

Walsh has said the situation was “devastating.”

“It has been and would be very difficult for me to work in public health based on the things that have transpired,” Walsh told The Daily Signal in a phone call Wednesday before his press conference.

On behalf of Walsh, First Liberty Institute and the Atlanta law firm of Parks, Chesin & Walbert suedthe Georgia Department of Public Health in April for religious discrimination.

“What’s really shocking right now is the state of Georgia is requiring this pastor to turn over his sermon notes and transcripts,” Jeremy Dys, senior counsel for First Liberty Institute and counsel for Walsh, told The Daily Signal. “There’s no subject limitation. There’s no time limitations … every sermon he’s produced since he was about 18 would have to be turned over to the state of Georgia.”

In late September, the state of Georgia requested as part of the legal case that Walsh hand over copies of his sermon notes and transcripts, along with other documents related to his ministerial training, service as a pastor, and publication or postings of his sermons online.

“Any document that has a note or a transcript having to do with his sermons are required to be produced,” Dys told The Daily Signal. “That means that the notes he writes in the margins of his Bible—the Bible has to be produced now. Anything he’s written on his computer has to be turned over. … This is an incredible intrusion upon the sanctity of the pulpit.”

Walsh’s lawyer added:

I think every pastor, every rabbi, every church leader in the state of Georgia should be very concerned when their government is refusing to pass laws that would protect their religious liberty and now ransacking the pastor’s study to try to find information and evidence that they can use to justify their illegal behavior in firing Dr. Walsh. That’s wrong. It’s illegal.

A spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Public Health told The Daily Signal Wednesday the agency does not comment on pending litigation.

In a press release, Dys said it was “clear” the Georgia agency “fired Dr. Walsh over his religious beliefs, which is blatant religious discrimination.”

Also Wednesday, the Family Research Council, a Christian policy organization based in Washington, called on Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, to “correct this egregious overreach of the state into church affairs.”

“This is something that I would have expected to see in a communist country, not America,” Tony Perkins, president of the council and an ordained pastor, said in a written statement. “The pulpit is to be governed only by the word of God. Government scrutiny of speech in the pulpit is unconstitutional, and unconscionable.”

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DeeDee
4 years ago

It started with Lyndon Johnson, after the assassination of the first Catholic president, John F. Kennedy. Since then there has been a gradual degradation of the US on all levels. Did we ever find out who really killed President Kennedy? Now nearly 45 years later maybe we have at least learned the reason why he was killed.

Dan
4 years ago

There’s a Republican governor in Georgia- Nathan Deal – He needs to step up and fix this. If he doesn’t vote him out.

Lynn
4 years ago

Not knowing the content of Dr. Walsh’s sermons, I will not, nor should I comment on the content. However, as a strict constitutionalist by nature, I believe his right to free speech should not be monitored or infringed upon in any way.

Thom
4 years ago

We have had a law against religious discrimination for over two hundred years.
It is the first amendment to the SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND, THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONS!!!

Thom
4 years ago

We have had a law against religious discrimination for over two hundred years.
It is the first amendment to the SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND, THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION!!!

Rex Whitmer
4 years ago

The one church where this might be obligatory would be of course, the Muslim faith, but our intrepid Judicial system would never allow that, and I’ll say that constitutionally it wouldn’t be legal to do so. But the Legal part of our government would NEVER do something like that! But a Christian Church, well that’s all together different, isn’t it.

Gerry DeYoung
4 years ago

If we, the Church, continue to sit back and allow satin-inspired individuals to trample our God ordained Constitution, all freedom is lost.
We must fast, pray and speak up. I wish the third verse of the Star Spangled Banner be sung at all public festivities instead of the first verse.as a constant reminder and ‘Heads-up’ for our nation.

Deborah
4 years ago
Reply to  Gerry DeYoung

Don’t you mean Satan inspired?

Rex Whitmer
4 years ago
Reply to  Deborah

He probably did Deborah. You never made a typo?

Lisa Laudeman
4 years ago

The U.S Commission on Civil Rights report contains a sentence by the commission chairman Martin Castro that reads, “The phrases religious liberty and religious freedom will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy or any form of intolerance” From The Dialog vol. 51, No. 21 10/14/2016

This is what your government is up to! Stand!

Joni
4 years ago

won’t be long before they’ll be burning the Christians at the stake – just like the salem witches – don’t think it can’t happen…………

Audry Manuel
4 years ago

He should be allowed to have a second job as long as it does not hurt either job.

Barry McMullan
4 years ago

The United States of America was founded on RELIGEOUS FREEDOM! Let’s keep it that way.

anthony lombardo
4 years ago

This is an intrusion on all people of religion

Dave Dolan
4 years ago

Laws are passed faster than any human can keep up with. Each law comes with thousands of pages of regulations (more laws) by un-elected bureaucrats. I must have missed the one that sanctioned the government as a religion. Isn’t that why the puritans escaped England? FREEDOM FIRST! I personally think article V of the constitution is the best way to start draining the swamp.

Deborah
4 years ago
Reply to  Dave Dolan

How about the first amendment?

Rex Whitmer
4 years ago
Reply to  Deborah

one more liberal Supreme Judge and the first amendment will be unconstitutional. It almost is right now!

Marc Seeley
4 years ago

It is very clear from this incident and others the US is infested with our own version of the Stasi, at all levels of government: federal, state and local. We applied for a foster care home license and during the home interview, were set up with leading questions, specifically so they could fabricate a reason not to license us. They are aware of our conservative, moral and Christian values, and asked set up questions to fabricate a reason not to license us. They will only license, compliant, amoral, liberal – progressives. Specifically so they can assure the proper indoctrination of foster children. People with Judeo-Christian values and traditional morals need to take back ou country from the city and county levels of government, and up to the state and federal level. It took a long time progressive virus to infect us to this extent, and it will take a long time to re-establish reason and morality. One election and one vote at a time.

Barry
4 years ago
Reply to  Marc Seeley

Amen!

Shorty
4 years ago

I have responded to many of these original “noted (with individual names)” and my responses have not been shown and so I have decided that I will not make anymore responses or comments because you apparently do not think that my responses have any merit.

Marc Seeley
4 years ago
Reply to  Shorty

I dont think I saw your response. So cound not comment on what I have not seen.

Shadow64
4 years ago
Reply to  Shorty

There is a libturd closet commie mod on the staff. I experience the same. Wait until it leaves, then post. If your post goes immediately to moderation, it’s the closet commie. just wait and post later.

Dr. Scott
4 years ago

The irs played games with me, and wanted me to send the prayers, sermon notes, accounting ledger with the name and address of all donors. and meeting minutes. insane and I said I would not send this information.

Marc Seeley
4 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Scott

They like to dig and root around to find others to go after. Any time the IRS contacts you other than routine correspondence, you must hire a competent tax law attorney to protect your rights. Guilty until proven innocent. We live in an era of Napoleonic law. The constitution is dying.

Rex Whitmer
4 years ago
Reply to  Marc Seeley

Basicly the income tax was a product of a Liberal President who was able to claim that it would only affect the top ten percent of the population. Another Liberal President Lyndon Johnson saw the income tax not being collected from Churches tacked an amendment onto a version of the income tax that stipulated that Churches could not voice political opinions and still not pay taxes on their income. It was not approved by Congress, but congress didn’t complain. The Constitution when written stated that individuals could not be taxed. The amendment making income tax possible came sometime around Teddy Roosevelt’s Time. At that time it was to only tax the very wealthy, but when congress finds a way to take money to do things it likely shouldn’t do there are all sorts of things that can and do occjure.

Bob Downer
4 years ago

More religious persecution by government.

Bill Cowles
4 years ago

This is another evidence of religious persecution that will affect all believers in the end times. Obey the commandments of God have the faith of Jesus (gift of prophecy).

Donna Berry
4 years ago
Reply to  Bill Cowles

According to Trump, this is what he wants to stop in its track and I believe him. Do you?

Dot JH
4 years ago
Reply to  Donna Berry

Believe him or not it’s the only chance we have left.

Marc Seeley
4 years ago
Reply to  Dot JH

Very true.

Marc Seeley
4 years ago
Reply to  Donna Berry

I trust him more than I trust the Clintongs. His stated policies are far better than her’s.

Rex Whitmer
4 years ago
Reply to  Donna Berry

He’s been a LONG LONG time coming. I’ve been watching this country going down a rat hole for forty years now. voting for people whom claim they will end it. Hope it works this time!

Richard Koethe
4 years ago

of course if he had been muslim he could shout “islamophobia” and everything would be dropped. Why don’t Christians start using the word “Christianphobia” and demand that any negative comment be apologized for. I plan on doing this as much as possible.

Marc Seeley
4 years ago
Reply to  Richard Koethe

Because the media is in the control of the elites / NWO crowd. Christian persecution here or abroad will not even make the back page of any US newspaper.

Steve
4 years ago

Only Christians cannot defend their faith. Perfectly alright for others, especially antiquated Muslims.

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