Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Preacher’s YouTube Sermons About Oprah Being Anti-Christ Cost Him a Job

Dr. Eric Walsh 

When posting pictures, comments, or videos on social media, many users express themselves freely and without a censor, not considering who may have access to their information.  A preacher in Georgia learned the hard way that social media can be used against you in real life, especially if you are searching for employment.
Dr. Eric Walsh (pictured) is a Seventh Day Adventist preacher who uploads his sermons on Youtube.  With an interest in public health, he desired a director’s position with the Georgia Public Health Department.  In May, he was one step from securing the position, he just had to complete a background check.  While performing the check, the company discovered Walsh’s sermons and were not pleased with what they found.
Walsh had recorded speeches where he accused Oprah of harboring the spirit of the anti-Christ and Jay-Z of being a disciple of Satan, as The Grio reported.  He claimed that the distribution of condoms causes AIDS, the devil helped create Catholicism, and the pope is the actual anti-Christ.
After this revelation, the company passed on recruiting Walsh as an employee.
Walsh is now filing a formal charge of discrimination against the company and a civil rights suit against the state, as he thinks his history of performances in past jobs should be judged when being considered for hire, rather than his religious beliefs.
“I was shocked at what happened,” Walsh said Tuesday during a press conference. “Quite frankly, I didn’t know in the United States of America that something like this could happen when your work record is stellar.”
Walsh has a history of controversy, according to The Grio.  In the past, he was invited to speak at Pasadena City College in California, but after students discovered his videos, they protested against him, and he was uninvited.
Walsh’s attorney, Lee Parks, agreed that his client’s sermons should have been insignificant to the Georgia Public Health Department.  “You don’t have to agree with what he says, but you have to agree that he has the right to say it,” said Parks.
No matter what the outcome of the case, Walsh insisted that he will continue to speak out on his religious beliefs. “People of faith should not be required to sacrifice their religious beliefs just to get a job.”
Do you think that social media should be used against potential employees when being considered for hire?
 
1 John 2:
18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
 
 
1 John 4:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.