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The Facts About Dr. Walsh’s Employment: Response to the State of Georgia Department’s of Public Health 

April 21, 2016

In response to a statement issued by the State of Georgia’s Department of Public Health, Jeremy Dys, Senior Counsel for First Liberty Institute said: “Prior to his employment by the State of Georgia, Dr. Walsh served at a local medical clinic a couple of Sundays a month during his time off. From the beginning of his previous employment, he disclosed to his employer that he was working at the clinic. His employer actively encouraged him to serve at the facility as a way to support community efforts of public health.

“The facts are these: after hiring Dr. Walsh, the Georgia Department of Public Health investigated Dr. Walsh’s sermons, took issue with the beliefs he expressed in them, and fired him. On May 14, the DPH asked him to submit copies of his sermons, and assigned multiple sermons to various employees to review. On May 15, they held a meeting to discuss the content of the sermons and his employment at DPH. On May 16, they terminated Dr. Walsh from his employment. The DPH’s position on Dr. Walsh was made clear when the DPH Chief of Staff communicated to Dr. Walsh on a phone call that he couldn’t ‘preach that’ and work in the public health field.

“The State of Georgia cannot now manipulate the facts to cover up the cold, hard reality – they fired Dr. Walsh for what he said in his sermons. No American should be fired for what they say in church.” 

Dear Coach Kennedy,

I would like to say thank you. Your dedication to your faith and your commitment to the positive education of our youth is truly admirable. I am deeply grateful for your military service and for taking a courageous stance in protecting religious liberty rights for teachers and administrators.

If our First Amendment protects a player’s right to kneel in protest, it certainly protects your right to kneel in prayer.

I was shocked to learn that Bremerton High School suspended you after denying your request to continue your wholesome practice of giving thanks after football games.

The Bremerton School District’s actions violate the law and send the wrong message to coaches, young people, our communities, and our nation — a message of hostility to religious freedom and intolerance toward personal religious expression.

Please know that you are not alone in this difficult time — I support you and First Liberty as you continue to fight for religious freedom! Our schools need more coaches like you, our country needs more citizens like you, and our world needs more people like you.