Advance of Stalinism: State of Georgia fired doctor over personal beliefs expressed at church

Advance of Stalinism: State of Georgia fired doctor over personal beliefs expressed at church
Dr. Eric Walsh. (Image: Screen grab of YouTube video via PJM)

[Ed. – Time to stop with the Orwell references, folks.  This is, in a literal sense, Stalinism.  It’s not the fulfillment of fiction; it’s the return of historical reality.]

A black doctor who was fired for supposedly inflammatory sermons unrelated to his medical work filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia on Wednesday, claiming religious discrimination. This is particularly ironic, considering the governor of that state recently vetoed a religious liberty bill.

Dr. Eric Walsh previously served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, was a board member of the Latino Health Collaborative, and started California’s first city-run dental clinic for low-income families dealing with AIDS. Nevertheless, Walsh was fired only one week after being hired by Georgia’s Department of Public Health. Right before Walsh was terminated, the department circulated his sermons, giving staffers the “assignment” of listening to them. …

Dr. Walsh accepted the position of director for the northwest part of Georgia at the state’s Department of Public Health in May 2014. Only one week later, state officials request copies of sermons Walsh had given as a lay minister for the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

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