He must turn over the notes for sermons which were not the basis of his firing… Confused? This won’t help:
Dr. Eric Walsh was one of the nation’s leading health administrators until being fired in 2014 by the Georgia Department of Public Health. A lay minister in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Walsh was fired after Georgia officials learned of his faith.
Documents released by First Liberty include emails showing that Georgia officials assigned employees to examine his sermons on YouTube—sermons dealing with common Christian themes including creation, compassion, spiritual growth, the family and Christian living. He was fired after this examination.
Pastor Walsh (YouTube)
Walsh has filed a federal lawsuit against Georgia, alleging unlawful religious discrimination. Now, as part of that lawsuit, the state of Georgia—which ironically claims it did not fire Walsh for religious reasons—is demanding he hand over religious documents: his most intimate, private sermon notes, along with sermons themselves.
Did this pastor go too far in his sermons?
That’s a trick question. Short of advocating violence, I can’t imagine anything which might be in a sermon that is important to the case. He does not believe in gay marriage. I think he thinks God created the world. He doesn’t buy evolution.
I’m not convinced that those subjects would have been a part of his job responsibilities as a health administrator. They can’t marry people, right?
Walsh had been offered a job in Georgia, but apparently did not tell his new employer that he’s been suspended in Pasadena because of his preaching. they rescinded the offer, which is just about as good as a firing.
Even if you disagree with his lawsuit, can you justify this?
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.