20,000 Sign Petition Condemning Government Intrusion Into Church –
An online petition started by the Family Research Council condemns Georgia officials for demanding that a Seventh-day Adventist lay minister hand over his sermons to the state government, calling it an attempt to silence people of faith.
“I stand with Dr. Eric Walsh’s freedom to believe and live according to his deeply-held beliefs. The demand that he hand over his sermons, sermon notes, and all pastoral documents including his Bible represents a government intrusion into the sanctity of the church, pastor’s study, and pulpit,” reads the petition to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.
“Heavy-handed tactics like this have the effect of intimidating and silencing people of faith everywhere. Such targeting of the pulpit by the government is unconscionable, and I urge you to use all means of your authority to correct this egregious overreach of the state into church affairs.”
As The Christian Post reported on Wednesday, Walsh is a leading health expert who was previously appointed to President Obama’s Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDs, but the state’s Department of Public Health ended up rescinding his employment after it investigated his Christian views on marriage…