Georgia: Preacher Sues State, Claims His Job Offer Got Snatched Because He's... ANTI-Gay?

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    Sep 24, 2014 1:21 PM GMT
    And today's "Wait! I'm the Real Victim Here!" nominee is:

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    That dress shirt's not the only thing that's a little too starchy.

    The Doctor Is Out!

    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/man-files-complaint-over-rescinded-job-offer/nhSpw/

    Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionDr. Eric Walsh, a Seventh Day Adventist preacher, says the health department offered him a job as a director of a North Georgia region, sending him a welcoming letter, and then took the offer back.

    “I was shocked at what happened,” Walsh said during a press conference in Atlanta Tuesday. “Quite frankly, I didn’t know in the United States of America that something like this could happen when your work record is stellar.”


    How might this happen, you ask? Well, The Good Doctor has a theory, based on the last job he left in May:

    (BTW, How on Earth did we miss this story?)

    AJCThe Los Angeles Times reported in May that Walsh resigned from his job as public health director in Pasadena, Calif., two days before Georgia rescinded its job offer. Pasadena City College students found videos of his sermons online after Walsh was named to replace the college’s commencement speaker, an openly gay screenwriter. The students shared Walsh’s statements with the media, and Walsh canceled his appearance as speaker. The screenwriter ended up giving the speech, the Times said.


    As you probably know, employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is not against Georgia state law, but job discrimination on the basis of religion is banned under state and Federal law.

    Still, this is the type of case I'd love to see push its way up the judicial food chain. I'd enjoy seeing judges pull back the hood on this guy to demonstrate that being anti-gay is not a manifestation of his religious beliefs, but his personal choice to engage in bigotry to the extent it impairs his job duties.

    Despite this:

    http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/stances-of-faiths-on-lgbt-issues-seventh-day-adventist-church

    There is also this:

    http://sdakinship.org/

    http://gladventist.org/

    http://www.someone-to-talk-to.net/

    If significant numbers of followers of the same faith can interpret the faith's teachings differently, said faith can't be used as a shield when your job search doesn't turn out quite the way you planned.

    To that end, the state claims their backtrack had nothing to do with Walsh's religion.

    AJCPublic Health Department spokesman Ryan Deal said the state “withdrew Dr. Eric Walsh’s conditional offer of employment in May 2014 for reasons entirely unrelated to his beliefs. DPH will respond to the EEOC complaint as soon as possible.


    The doc's Tyler Perryish pic and the associated PR push on biased straight-to-the-web articles like this...

    (really, Yahoo?)

    http://news.yahoo.com/distinguished-public-health-official-denied-top-post-state-162200391.html

    ...comes courtesy of the Liberty (but not for you!) Institute, an obvious affiliate of Jerry Falwell's Liberty (but not for you!) University.

    Liberty Institute press release (via Yahoo!)Dr. Walsh, among the first of his family to go to college, was eminently qualified to lead the Georgia Department of Health, but has now been effectively blacklisted by the Georgia Department of Health because of religious messages he gave as a lay minister. According to the Charge of Discrimination filed today with the EEOC, Dr. Walsh was the focus of California activists, dissatisfied with his selection as a speaker at the graduation ceremony for Pasadena City College. A mean-spirited campaign that intentionally twisted Dr. Walsh's religious beliefs ultimately resulted in his forced resignation as the Director of Public Health for the City of Pasadena.


    We've seen that before haven't we? "You twisted the mean words I shouted verbatim, you meanies, you! And I'd have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling kids!" Can we get the Lib Institute a definition for "mean-spirited"? Or at least hand them a mirror? icon_razz.gif
  • KissTheSky

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    Sep 25, 2014 1:32 AM GMT
    These kind of conservative bigots should not be hired by the government for any position. I, for one, do not want my tax dollars going to support bigotry, and these kind of mentally unhinged wing-nuts should have no role in public health settings. How can we trust them to provide health services to everyone when they are on record as saying certain groups of people are not deserving of equal treatment?
    Another question is why conservatives are trying for government jobs at all, when they repeatedly say how much they hate the government?
    Seems like the last kind of people you would want in those roles.


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    Sep 25, 2014 2:44 AM GMT
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    Sep 26, 2014 3:31 AM GMT
    scruffLA said
    scruffLA said

    icon_eek.gif OMG, bad news, cousins! icon_lol.gif



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    Sep 27, 2014 10:58 PM GMT
    Tough titty.
  • n2Hoss

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    Sep 28, 2014 4:08 AM GMT
    His personal views regardless of religious believes makes him unfit to serve all the people in the state of GA. However, religious believes should be taken into consideration also since we are talking about the health and well being of the entire populous. We can not have no service, or a poorer quality of service and notification to groups of individuals based on their lifestyle and belief. It is not a two edged sword.
  • Latenight30

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    Sep 29, 2014 11:59 AM GMT
    someone with such strong religious views can't be that open minded to science it's seems like a contradiction. I'm glad they said NO.
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    Oct 09, 2014 1:51 AM GMT
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