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  • Pastor in discrimination case to collect $225,000

    by Scott Barkley/Christian Index, posted Friday, February 10, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Gerald Harris/Christian Index
    ATLANTA (BP) -- A Georgia pastor fired from his government job over sermons alleged to be discriminatory will instead receive a $225,000 settlement from the state based on his own discrimination lawsuit.

    In 2014 the State of Georgia's Department of Public Health hired Eric Walsh, a lay minister, to serve as a district health director. Walsh accepted the offer but not long thereafter state officials requested samples of Walsh's sermons and searched online for others. Days later Walsh received a voice message from the officials requesting to speak with him about the position. Unintentionally, Walsh later noted, he learned of his firing when the callers mistakenly thought the call had ended and could be heard laughing and using phrases such as "you're out" on the voicemail. Read More

  • Bivocational minister refuses to turn over sermons

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 27, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo from First Liberty Institute
    ATLANTA (BP) -- A bivocational lay minister and physician is refusing to give the state of Georgia copies of his past sermons in a legal suit alleging the state fired him as health director because of his religious beliefs.

    Eric Walsh will not comply with the district court's request for his sermons and relevant notes because he believes the court has exceeded its authority in the request, he said in an Oct. 26 press release from his counsel, First Liberty Institute. Read More