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-Doctor Fired for What He Said in Church?

by Dr. D ~ April 22nd, 2016

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A doctor in Georgia has been fired for nothing he did or said on the job but because of what he said in some sermons that he preached as a lay minister in church. Here’s the story from PJ Media:

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.

The Georgia Department of Public Health responded similarly. The director of human resources sent an email giving his colleagues the "assignment" of listening to his sermons. Then the department left a voicemail on the doctor’s machine, letting him know his employment was terminated.  …

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Response: So now Christians have to worry about being fired from public positions because of what they may have said in the context and confines of a church service? Even if they never expressed their closely held beliefs to anyone while on the job?

This is a case where LGBT activists have taken their efforts to an entirely different level. There’s no evidence that Dr. Walsh ever discriminated against anyone. So the Doctor is not being condemned for any behavior or action at all, or for anything he said on the job, but for expressing traditional Biblical teaching in a church service. What is the next step after this?

I have said on this website before that if things continue as they are in America, conservative Biblical Christianity could become so marginalized that many jobs, professions, and types of businesses may no longer be open or available to conservative believers in the future. The action against Dr. Walsh demonstrates what I am talking about. In this case he was fired for saying in church what Christians have believed for nearly two thousand years.

This is happening a lot faster than I ever expected. The next step could be disqualification for those who are merely members of conservative churches since that alone could be an indication of attitudes and closely held beliefs that are no longer acceptable in the larger PC culture?  

This may seem far-fetched to many but I have personally experienced similar discrimination in the past. In one case I was applying for a job as a social worker and scored near the top on the exam and seemed to be assured a position but was ‘disqualified’ by the administrator during the interview because I had a degree from a Christian seminary which, according to her, indicated that I would be too ‘judgmental.’  Then when I was applying for a position as a college professor at a public university, the department head dismissed me during the interview because he didn’t like the denomination I was a member of at the time.               *Top

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4 Responses to -Doctor Fired for What He Said in Church?

  1. Brian

    Just the other day, Dr. D, you discussed the proposed $1,000 gun tax in the Marianas Islands, and discussed possible implications for religious freedom. You indicated that “Right now that possibility would seem to be remote and many might consider this article to be rather alarmist”. In light of this doctor’s treatment (and 10,000 other cases besides), I think it is inevitable.

  2. Brian

    I hit the “submit” button before I was finished!!

    I think the danger lies in some kind of “discrimination tax” whereby any church that engaged in “hateful behavior” (i.e. refusing to perform LGBT weddings) loses its tax exempt status.

    Keep in mind this exchange in oral arguments before the US Supreme Court in the gay marriage case:

    Justice Alito: Well, in the Bob Jones case, the Court held that a college was not entitled to tax ­exempt status if it opposed interracial marriage or interracial dating. So would the same apply to a university or a college if it opposed same­-sex marriage?

    Solicitor General Verrilli: You know, ­­I don’t think I can answer that question without knowing more specifics, but it’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is­­ it is going to be an issue.

  3. Dr. D

    Brian, I believe that you have something there. Look for conservative churches to receive that kind of treatment in the red coastal states in the future. Meanwhile, the more conservative fly over country along with the Bible belt should remain viable for conservative Christians except maybe in some of the major cities like Houston.

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