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Dr. Eric Walsh says he felt ‘persecuted’ in Pasadena and Georgia for his conservative religious beliefs

"Former Pasadena Public Health Director Dr. Eric Walshsaid he felt “persecuted” for his religious views during the “fire storm” that erupted before he resigned from his post, according to a recent sermon.

In the sermon, the audio of which is posted on YouTube, Walsh said he felt attacked for expressing his Seventh-day Adventist beliefs, calling the community reaction to his many public sermons a “witch hunt” that “devastated” him. The sermons surfaced after Walsh was invited to speak at the commencement for Pasadena City College.

“When they went online to find things to damage my reputation or to cause the school to maybe not choose me, what they found wasn’t any scandal, there was no embezzlement there was nothing like that, it was just a lot of sermons,” Walsh said. “They just took little snippets and of course by taking them out of context and framing a new context they really were able to frame me as a very terrible person. I was called in the papers a bigot, I was called a homophobe, I was called all kinds of names that weren’t true.”

Walsh also said the experience was difficult for his two children, adding that he was “forced” to leave a job he “loved” in Pasadena. But, quoting “Jeremiah,” Walsh said ultimately the experience brought him closer to his faith. Walsh delivered the speech Aug. 9 at the international convention for Adventist-Laymen’s Services and Industries in Grand Rapids, Mich."




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