As you may know, I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, but there are some things happening in my birth state that have me deeply concerned. You see, when Thomas Jefferson wrote his letter to the Danbury (Connecticut) Baptist Convention on the subject of “separation of church and state” he did so not to restrict religious liberty and freedom.
His premise for America was not to have a head of state who was also a head of church, as was the case when King Henry VIII created the Church of England and made himself leader. That was a state-sponsored religion that sought to persecute anyone who embraced a different religious belief. That’s why our first freedom is the freedom of religion and the free exercise thereof.
However, as the secular humanists — allied with the progressive socialists — make their advances, the result is not a freedom of religion but a “freedom to worship” and the state determines the extent of that worship.
We’ve seen Christians heavily persecuted and their businesses destroyed because their faith does not support same-sex marriages. And we have a SCOTUS that created a new right — based on sexual behavior — at the expense of the first right of our Constitution, in our Bill of Rights. What is happening in our America is that Christianity is being branded as hatred, discriminatory, and its parameters are being defined by the state — just ask the Little Sisters of the Poor. And now we have another case of this persecution from my own home state of Georgia.
From the First Liberty email notification and website, “In a stunning development, the State of Georgia has demanded that a lay pastor, Dr. Eric Walsh, hand over his sermons and related religious documents. Dr. Walsh flatly refused to surrender the material and vowed to fight the order in court. He appeared at a press conference in Atlanta on Wednesday, flanked by his attorneys from First Liberty Institute along with supporting pastors.
The demand from the Georgia Attorney General comes as part of a major religious discrimination lawsuit filed by Dr. Walsh in federal court against the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Dr. Walsh, one of the nation’s top public health officials, was fired by the Department after state officials watched some of his sermons on YouTube. The sermons dealt with common Christian themes such as compassion, spiritual growth, and families. Immediately afterward, he was terminated in a voicemail message in which officials were heard laughing.
Rev. Dave Welch, one of the “Houston Five”—five Texas pastors issued a subpoena demanding copies of their sermons in 2014—appeared at the press conference to support Walsh in Atlanta on Wednesday. “Georgia’s demand is even worse than the Houston Five outrage,” said Welch, head of the Texas Pastors Council (TPC). “This is coming from a whole state—the Georgia attorney general—not one city. And they are demanding more material: sermons, sermon notes, all documents. It’s almost as if they were ransacking the pastor’s study.”
First Liberty, on behalf of Dr. Walsh, sued the Georgia Department of Public Health. It is illegal to fire an employee for his or her religious beliefs. “Now the government wants a pastor to hand over copies of all of his sermons, including notes and transcripts, with absolutely zero limitations,” said Jeremy Dys said, First Liberty Senior Counsel. “The State of Georgia is flagrantly intruding upon the sanctity of the church,” Dys said. “They’ve made a terrible mistake and it cannot go unanswered.” He added, “If the government is allowed to bully their way into Dr. Walsh’s pulpit and demand his sermon notes, what part of the church can be considered safe from government intrusion?”
You may ask, who is Dr. Eric Walsh? “(He) is an expert in public health with multiple advanced degrees. He has served as the director of the City of Pasadena’s Public Health Department, was appointed to President Obama’s Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDs and also served as an associate pastor for his church. In May 2014, the State of Georgia’s Department of Public Health hired Dr. Walsh as a District Health Director. But soon after Dr. Walsh accepted the offer, state officials asked him to submit recordings of his sermons for their review. After inspecting his sermons, they fired him.”
Now, let me present the amazing hypocrisy. We shared here the story about the Muslim imam who was preaching hate and death to homosexuals in Sanford, Florida… just north of Orlando where the Pulse nightclub is located.
And there are countless instances of Islamic clerics preaching hate, sedition, and violence during their sermons – but how many have had their messages subpoenaed? Why of course not a single one – as a matter of fact, any language deemed offensive towards Muslims will draw the ire of Attorney General Loretta Lynch. And the Obama administration supports UN resolution 16/18 as advanced by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which attacks those speaking ill of Islam, as determined by groups linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and others…like CAIR.
As we draw closer to this Election Day of November the 8th, perhaps more Christians — and when I say that I shall be specific: black pastors and ministers — realize they have targets on their backs. And your self-declared savior Barack Obama is not coming to your salvation.
By the way, this isn’t the first time this has happened in Georgia, namely Atlanta.
“Kelvin Cochrane was the Atlanta Fire Chief and even served as the U.S. Fire Administrator in the Obama administration. But in 2015, he was fired from his job as Atlanta Fire Chief—over a book on Christian beliefs that he authored in his private time. His legal battle is currently ongoing.”
And does anyone even believe this will change with Hillary Clinton as president? Look, only Donald Trump has brought up the Johnson Amendment which is “a change in the U.S. tax code made in 1954 which prohibited certain tax-exempt organizations from endorsing and opposing political candidates. The rule bars tax-exempt charitable groups, which the Internal Revenue Service calls “section 501(c)(3) organizations,” from endorsing candidates and getting involved in political campaigns. Because churches fall under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code, the ban applies to them as well.”
What I find hilarious and hypocritical as well, is the fact that it’s been Democrat candidates for president who go into black churches and speak from the pulpit on political matters. And in the case of Hillary Clinton, she somehow develops a certain black linguistic tone, and Obama has certainly perfected the “Sermon iambic pentameter” rhythm.
Now, of course that’s NEVER been considered a violation of the Johnson Amendment [then-Texas Senator Lyndon Johnson was the originator]. But, curses upon you if you’re the Christian pastor who goes against the true religion of the progressive socialists and secular humanists — then you’ll be punished, persecuted, and in this case, fired from your job position.
In other words, the left, i.e. the state, is determining the extent of your ability to have your Christian faith. Remember it’s Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) who believes anyone in uniform speaking of their faith, (“proselytizing”), is guilty of sedition and should be court-martialed…laugh you may, but he said this specifically in reference to Air Force Major General Craig Olson. What did MG Olson do? He spoke of his Christian faith while in uniform and how it sustained him as a combat pilot…pretty disturbing, right?
And just so you’re reminded, it was the Democrat Party at their convention in Charlotte, NC in 2012 that had to vote to put God back into their party platform – amidst boos. Just sayin’.
This is a very disconcerting trend, and a wake up call. Remember, some 30 million Christians did not vote in 2012 and 7 million of those were registered. Imagine the difference in the result of the 2012 presidential election…consider what has happened with Christians not just in America, but globally in these past four years.
Dr. Eric Walsh did nothing wrong at his place of work with his prescribed duties. It appears his transgression was “preaching while black”. Hey, will BLM take up this case? Nah, Dr. Walsh’s life doesn’t matter because he’s a Christian. But, let me offer this consolation to Dr. Eric Walsh from Isaiah 54:17 (NIV), “no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,”declares the Lord.”
Pastors, with whom shall you stand, God or state, who do you believe reigns sovereign?