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-Public Health Director in Trouble for Comments Made in Church?

by Dr. D ~ May 5th, 2014

English: Category:Images of Pasadena, California

    (Pasadena, California: Wikipedia)

Pasadena’s Public Health Director has been placed on ‘administrative leave’ over some comments he made while preaching in a church.  On the face of it, nothing he said really has anything to do with his job but nevertheless Dr. Eric Walsh, who is also a preacher, seems to be in trouble over making disparaging remarks about evolution, homosexuality, and Disney. 

Here’s the story from the LA Times:

Pasadena city officials placed Public Health Director Eric Walsh on temporary paid administrative leave Thursday after they learned of controversial statements he had made about homosexuality and evolution in online videos and audio clips.

In sermons uploaded to various websites, Walsh, a Seventh-day Adventist preacher, calls evolution "a religion created by Satan," compares Disney to a "dark empire" of superstition and witchcraft, and criticizes homosexuality.  …

Walsh, an associate pastor at Altadena Seventh-day Adventist Church, was hired as the director of Pasadena’s Public Health Department in 2010, Boyer said. He also served as the city’s public health officer and oversaw the creation of a dental clinic that served low-income patients, as well as those with HIV/AIDS who could not get care elsewhere, Boyer said.

His department was also responsible for restaurant inspections, public health initiatives and declaring public health emergencies. In 2012, Walsh earned about $193,600 in wages and $56,900 in benefits, according to data from the state controller’s office.

Boyer said the city placed Walsh on leave because time is needed to review the online sermons and conduct an inquiry into his ability to lead the department.

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Response: Although he has made remarks about homosexuality in line with the Biblical beliefs of millions of Christians he has also gone out of his way in his position to provide for folks suffering from HIV/AIDS who couldn’t get help elsewhere. Does Walsh’s stated beliefs outweigh his obvious abilities and demonstrated actions of mercy?

Recently we wrote about our concerns that Christians would soon be blocked from serving in certain professions and government offices.  The Pasadena city officials are now discussing whether someone with Walsh’s beliefs, which are similar to millions of Christians, can serve in a position of leadership in their city.

I fear that there is a new cultural test rising up that can be characterized by these words:

“Are you or have you ever been ‘anti’ Gay?”

For many Bible believing Christians this could be a major disqualifier in the near future. Also must everyone now be fully committed to the theory of evolution in order to serve in a leadership capacity for the city of Pasadena? Interesting questions. Some Christian college professors have found it to now be the case in their profession. What is next?              *Top

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2 Responses to -Public Health Director in Trouble for Comments Made in Church?

  1. Brian

    It’s now worse: He is about to be fired on a pretext:

    http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20140505/pasadena-public-health-director-dr-eric-walsh-did-not-disclose-pastor-pay

  2. Dr. D

    The pay Walsh receives as an associate pastor would be negligible and merely an honorarium and mostly voluntary. Easily forgettable compared to his salary and benefits with the city. Been there. Unfortunately it does gift them with a technicality.

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