Major victory for religious freedom as Georgia pays off fired doctor

Major victory for religious freedom as Georgia pays off fired doctor

The State

The state of Georgia agreed to pay $225,000 to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit, after state officials dismissed an employee because of sermons hegave  in his capacity as a lay minister.

Dr. Eric Walsh, a Seventh-Day Adventist minister and public health professional, was hired for a management position at the Georgia Department of Health in 2014. Shortly after he was hired, he was asked to turn over copies of sermons he had given to his congregation, where he served after business hours. He was dismissed after the review.

Dr. Eric Walsh, a Seventh-Day Adventist minister and public health professional, was hired for a management position at the Georgia Department of Health in 2014. Shortly after he was hired, he was asked to turn over copies of sermons he had given to his congregation, where he served after business hours. He was dismissed after the review.

“This is a clear and resounding victory for religious freedom,” Jeremy Dys, of First Liberty Institute and counsel for Walsh, said. “We always knew the law was on our side, so we are pleased the State of Georgia agreed to settle this case and clear Dr. Walsh’s good name.”

One week after he was hired, a DPH human resources official sent an email to colleagues soliciting help in reviewing Walsh’s sermons, many of which were available on YouTube. The sermons, though largely in accordance with historic Christian belief, contain controversial statements concerning social and cultural controversies like homosexuality, Some of those sermons implicate his work as a public health official. He also polemicized against Islam, Catholicism and evolution.

This article continues at [Daily Caller] Pastor Prevails After State Officials Force Him To Turn Over Sermons

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