Public Health Official and Pastor Fired after Preaching about Homosexuality and Evolution
Amanda CasanovaReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2016 Apr 21
Starnes’ column comes after Dr. Eric Walsh, a public health expert and lay minister, was allegedly fired from his Georgia Department of Public Health job for giving sermons on homosexuality and evolution.
Walsh has since filed a federal lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Public Health. The department did not return Starnes’ request for comment.
“No one in this country should be fired from their job for something that was said in a church or from a pulpit during a sermon,” said First Liberty attorney Jeremy Dys.
First Liberty representatives say that Georgia Department of Public Health specifically investigated sermons Dr. Walsh had delivered.
“I don’t believe I did anything wrong,” Walsh told Starnes in an exclusive interview. “This has been very painful for me. I really am a strong believer in the Constitution. But now I feel like maybe all these ideals and values that I was raised to believe – the ideals they country was founded upon – no longer exist.”
Walsh was hired on May 7, 2014. A few days later, Starnes writes, “DPH officers and other government workers began investigating his religious activities.” Then on May 16, the department rescinded the job offer.
Publication date: April 21, 2016