Don’t believe the lies from liberal America about how no Christian is being persecuted for their beliefs. It’s just not true. All over the country we’ve seen Christians socially, financially, and legally affected by the attacks from the anti-Christian left.
In Georgia the latest (and most egregious) example is playing out as one Pastor fights back against the state after being unjustly fired from his government job.
Dr. Eric Walsh is a public health expert who also happens to work as a lay minister in his church. Recently, he ran afoul of his government employers when the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) began investigating him for his own personal, moral, and religious beliefs. His lawyers at First Liberty argue that the state chose to fire him because of his Christian beliefs.
First Liberty spokesman Jeremy Dys told Fox News that, “He was fired for something he said in a sermon. If the government is allowed to fire someone over what he said in his sermons, they can come after any of us for our beliefs on anything… 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.”
First Liberty argues that the state explicitly set out to persecute Dr. Walsh after learning of his faith and they argue that there is definitive proof that the state acted unjustly. First Liberty argues that the Georgia Department of Public Health assigned several people to investigate the sermons that Dr. Walsh was delivering at church – sermons that touched on his views of marriage, sexuality, and creationism.
It was these sermons that cost Dr. Walsh his job with the DPH. Georgia liberal LGBT activists caught wind of his beliefs and began pushing on the state to end their connection to him. However, at least two different sources from within the DPH warned the department that firing him would mean breaking federal law and risking a major lawsuit. The DPH’s own lawyers warned them twice that the department could not use Dr. Walsh’s religious beliefs as a reason for termination. Sadly (for the DPH), they had no reason to fire him without focusing on his religious beliefs. An internal memo makes this clear:
One unnamed staffer wrote a memo warning that the entire controversy had been blown “impossibly out of proportion.”
“Not only is there no smoking gun, there is every reason to believe, even from his detractors own words, that he is the excellent health director we believed he would be,” the staffer wrote in a document obtained by First Liberty through a FOIA request.
“If we do not hire this applicant on the basis of the evidence of job performance and disqualify him on the basis of discrimination by those who seek to advance their own agenda and do him harm, I believe we are no better than they are,” the staffer concluded.
Now, Dr. Walsh is fighting back by suing the state for discriminating against him because of his religious beliefs, “I don’t believe I did anything wrong. 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,” Dr. Walsh told Fox News’ Todd Starnes.
What makes all of this even more maddening is the fact that it has happened under Republican Governor Nathan Deal’s watch. The same Nathan Deal who recently vetoed a bill that would protect pastors and churches from legal action by liberal activists who want to stamp out Christianity. This is the very same GOP that pretends to be our partners in protecting the Constitution and defending liberty. In reality, the GOP has become as callous towards freedom as the liberal fascists.