State of Georgia demands part-time preacher turn over sermon transcripts


In 2014, Dr. Eric Walsh was hired as a District Health Director for the Georgia Department of Health. During the interview process, state government officials asked for recordings of sermons Walsh had delivered. He is a part-time Seventh-Day Adventist preacher. After reviewing the recordings, Walsh’s employment was terminated.

Earlier this year, Walsh filed a federal lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Public Health alleging he was terminated for delivering sermons on issues ranging from homosexuality to evolution.

Now, Georgia Attorney General Samuel Olens is demanding Eric Walsh turn over of his sermon notes and transcripts.

Not only was this man apparently fired based on content of sermons he preached, but now the government is attempting to review his sermons to…what? See if the firing was justified? There is absolutely no justification for firing a man who is exercising his right to free speech and freedom of religion.

Someone may say, “Well, those Seventh-Day Adventists are messed up anyway.” But what are you going to say when they come for you? Today it’s Eric Walsh. Tomorrow it may be you.


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