Seventh-day Adventists Denounce Walsh’s Orotundity

walsh-MillerThe groundswell of outrage regarding comments made Pasadena Public Health Director Eric Walsh in a capacity as an associate pastor has reached fever level in not only at City Hall but at the very source of what Walsh says he believes…the Seventh Day Adventist Church. We received the following statement from The Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists on Wednesday morning.

Betty Cooney, Communications Director said told Beacon Media “The Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists [an administrative unit of the Adventist Church encompassing Los Angeles, Ventura, and parts of Kern and Santa Barbara Counties] is aware of recent media reports regarding Eric Walsh MD, MPH, DrPH. Dr. Walsh serves the congregation of the Altadena Seventh-day Adventist Church as an associate pastor on a part-time basis. However, he does not hold ministerial credentials from the Adventist Church, does not speak on behalf of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination, and as far we know, does not represent his views as anything other than his own.

The Seventh-day Adventist church has a long history of defending the rights of everyone to believe, practice and express their personal religious convictions.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church believes that all people, regardless of race, gender, age, creed, and sexual orientation, are children of God, whom he loves equally. As a Christian community we are called to reflect and spread this love to all of His children.

Likewise, the Seventh-day Adventist Church strives to serve their local communities. The Seventh-day Adventist Church recognizes that every human being is valuable in the sight of God, and seeks to minister to all men and women in the spirit of Jesus.

It has been quite a week for racism, hatred and homophobia in Southern California. First the NBA Clippers saga and now a local public official has been caught spreading fear, ignorance and hatred among the community via his sermons at a local church.

Pasadena city officials placed Public Health Director Dr. Eric Walsh on temporary paid administrative leave last Thursday in the fallout of contentious statements he had made about homosexuality and evolution.

In sermons uploaded to various websites, Dr.Walsh, a Seventh-day Adventist preacher, calls evolution “a religion created by Satan,” compares Disney to a “dark empire” of superstition and witchcraft, and censures homosexuality.

Community reaction was swift and bold: According to WEHO Ville “

Dr. Eric Walsh has been recorded preaching sermons criticizing society’s growing acceptance of gay and lesbian people. Walsh even attacked the American Psychiatric Association’s decision in 1973 to declassify homosexuality as a mental illness, saying those who supported it were “raised up by the (devil).”
In a sermon focused on the Bible’s story of Sodom and Gomorrah, Walsh also attacked schools for their tolerance of LGBT students.

“In our public school system they began to teach moral relativism,” he was recorded as saying. “They began to teach that there really is no absolute right or wrong. It’s more a matter of what you think or what you accept. And (according to that doctrine) if two adults agree to do something, it’s not wrong because they are both consenting adults. That is doctrine from the pits of hell. What makes something right is not based on man, it is based on God.”

Pasadena is one of the few California cities with its own public health department. Most, including West Hollywood, are served by a county health department. It is a town lauded by the Advocate, a national gay magazine, for its gay community. “This beautiful but sleepy city adjunct to Los Angeles (is) a kind of bedroom community for gays who like to garden,” the Advocate said in its ranking, noting that the city also had two gay elected city officials.

Walsh, a Seventh-day Adventist, also has spoken out against the theory of evolution, accusing those who teach it of doing “the devil’s handiwork.”

Walsh’s comments became common knowledge after he was slated to replaced Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black as Pasadena City College’s commencement speaker.

College officials said they replaced Black because they found stolen photographs of him and an ex-boyfriend engaged in sexual acts on Internet gossip sites, according to the school newspaper, the PCC Courier. The college, now has reversed its original decision and requested Black back. No word yet on Black’s response to PCC.

Walsh was hired as the director of Pasadena’s Public Health Department in 2010. He also served as the city’s public health officer and oversaw the creation of a dental clinic that served low-income patients, as well as those with HIV/AIDS who could not get care elsewhere.

Pasadena City Manager Michael J. Beck has released the following statement regarding Dr. Eric Walsh, Director, Pasadena Public Health Department:

“Dr. Eric Walsh has been placed on temporary paid administrative leave to provide the City of Pasadena the opportunity to complete an inquiry into statements made by him, in his private capacity, and to assess the impact those statements may have on his ability to effectively lead the City’s Public Health Department.

“During this time, Dr. Vivian Yeh is the City’s Acting Health Officer. Ms. Leticia Saenz will oversee administrative responsibilities for the Department. The Pasadena Public Health Department remains a strong and vital part of the City of Pasadena organization and remains dedicated to protecting the health and wellness of our entire community.”

The City organization is made up of many different people from all backgrounds, races, faiths, family makeup, gender orientation and political beliefs. The City holds diversity and inclusiveness as an important value in the workplace and in our community.

Walsh earned $193,600 and $56,900 in benefits.

May 8, 2014

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9 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Seventh-day Adventists Denounce Walsh’s Orotundity”

  1. Ronald Dorsey says:

    I am a fellow Seven-Day Adventist. Dr. WALSH did preach church doctrine. All you have to do is check the website of the world wide church of Seventh-Day Adventist and you will see that the Church is against homosexuality. The president of the California sevenb-day Adventist conference was wrong in putting out that statement. I am going to write him a letter stating he should step down if he isn’t going to hold up the Church belief against homosexuality.

    • Monica says:

      Amen,I have listened to many of his sermons, he preaches truth straight from the Bible. It is sad that the conference is not standing behind him, they will have to answer to God. We truly live in perilous times. Praying for Dr. Walsh and many other end time preachers, that they will remain faithful mo matter what the world says or does to them. May all God’s people trust in Him,and stand boldly for truth!

  2. OurSword says:

    Oh boy, that Betty Cooney :-0 in the grand scheme of things, it’s she who does not represent the beliefs of the Adventist church…she nor most of her Southern California colleagues. As most of the articles about this situation point out: the Adventist church is and has always been firmly against the practice of homosexuality, and any sex outside of marriage. It’s sad that in an attempt to be politically correct, Betty Cooney has become the butt of many sharp points as reporters, not being as foolish as she suspected, continue noting her apparent ignorance of her own church’s beliefs.

  3. Julius Jack says:

    Amen !!!. Dr.Walsh keep preaching what the bible say and don’t let any man stop you from standing up for what is right.As a matter of fact don’t let any one sway uou from what the bible says.
    Those who is saying other wise the bible warn us about such people in the last days.
    Every thing is coming to pass infront of our very eyes.
    It is sad .But then they are fulfilling scriptures.
    His coming is soon.

  4. kenneth noel says:

    It takes courage to stand and preach messages like these,knowing u don’t have the support of the church you associate with.Dr. Walsh you have been given a message by God,some of us are going to lose everything even our lives.Remember martin luther had no support from his church,be not discouraged keep holding on,in time like these we’ll know who is on the Lord’s side.Its not who belong to the Adventist church but who stand on a thus saith the Lord.

  5. anton vroegh says:

    Dr. Walsh was right in Bible truth. What a shame, that local authorities of the Advent Church act so cowardice. But what does the General Conference say about it?

  6. A voice crying in the wilderness says:

    In 1 Timothy 2 it says in the last days men wi be overs of self more the lovers of God it also says they wil lbe diobedient to parents without >Natural affection. Our society is unraveling folks. Just look around you. Somebody states what they believe and the PC Police jump all over him, What hapned to tolerance and our coustituional rights/ Who is defending them. The goverment certainly isnt doing it.
    The Bible is right folks start reading the last book in the Bible folks, Judgement by an almighty God is coming If your not ready get ready

  7. A voice crying in the wilderness says:

    Censorship by a bot?? I guess you just proved my point.

  8. Paul Fua says:

    Congratulations to Betty Cooney and the Administrator’s who bravely hid behind her. As I was reading her thoughtfully constructed message it soothed my itching ears and when I finished, I heard a rooster crow!

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