A Christian Doctor Was Fired for the Most Frightening, Orwellian Reason You Can Imagine
A black doctor who was fired for supposedly inflammatory sermons unrelated to his medical work filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia on Wednesday, claiming religious discrimination. This is particularly ironic, considering the governor of that state recently vetoed a religious liberty bill.
Dr. Eric Walsh previously served on President Obama's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, was a board member of the Latino Health Collaborative, and started California's first city-run dental clinic for low-income families dealing with AIDS. Nevertheless, Walsh was fired only one week after being hired by Georgia's Department of Public Health. Right before Walsh was terminated, the department circulated his sermons, giving staffers the "assignment" of listening to them.
To make matters worse, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal vetoed a religious freedom bill this month which would have helped Walsh in his case. After being pressured by "Social Justice Warriors" to kill the legislation, the governor laughably declared that religious freedom violations were not an issue in his state. He argued that the bill would enable discrimination against homosexuals, even while his own administration had engaged in blatant religious discrimination on the other side of the issue.
"In vetoing the religious liberty bill earlier this month, Georgia Governor Deal indicated that he had seen no examples of religious discrimination in Georgia making that law necessary," Jeremy Dys told PJ Media in an email statement. Dys serves as senior counsel for the First Liberty Institute, the group representing Walsh in his lawsuit.
"Governor Deal needs to look no further than the Georgia Department of Public Health to find one of the most egregious cases of religious discrimination in the country -- the case of Dr. Walsh," Dys declared. "Had Governor Deal signed the religious liberty law into effect, we likely would have pled that law in our efforts to preserve Dr. Walsh's religious liberty."
Dr. Walsh accepted the position of director for the northwest part of Georgia at the state's Department of Public Health in May 2014. Only one week later, state officials request copies of sermons Walsh had given as a lay minister for the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Walsh's sermons had come under fire in the past. In California, he was chosen to give a commencement speech at Pasadena City College. Student activists objected, referencing his "controversial" stances on issues such as sexuality, evolution, Islam, and popular culture -- stances which fall in line with the orthodox Seventh-Day Adventist line. When Walsh canceled his commencement speech, the city put him on administrative leave.