Friday, November 4, 2016

Update on my post concerning a clash between First Amendment rights and State power

This is an update to me last post. Full information on the subject can be found at Please click on this link or cut and paste it to your browser.

According to Fox News “Please produce a copy of your sermon notes and/or transcripts,” Attorney General Samuel Olens wrote to attorneys representing Dr. Eric Walsh.  Dr. Walsh, a Seventh-day Adventist lay minister, had been hired in May 2014 by as a District Health Director with the Georgia Department of Public Health. A week later, a government official asked him to submit copies of his sermons for review. He (refused to comply*) and two days later he was fired. His attorneys said the government was curious about sermons Dr. Walsh delivered on health, marriage, sexuality, world religions, science and creationism. He also preached on what the Bible says regarding homosexuality.

What do you think about state power vs freedoms of speech, religion and association and the State supervising what is spoken in a church or congregation?

(* The article was confusing because it said both that he refused to comply and that he did comply)

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