A part-time pastor who was suspended from his California state job because of his sermon topics is a victim of bigotry, says a legal group.
Eric Walsh, a Seventh-Day Adventist preacher, is also public health director for the City of Pasadena.
Walsh was set to speak at a community college when a left-wing student group posted videos of him preaching against homosexuality and evolution.
Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute notes that Walsh is on administrative leave while the City of Pasadena evaluates his future as public health director.
Walsh was suspended May 1, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Dacus tells OneNewsNow: "I think we need to recognize that this overt, bigoted discriminatory attack against him is a bigoted, discriminatory attack of intolerance towards every Christian beholding to the same biblical faith that he does."
Student group Students for Social Justice attacked Walsh after Pasadena City College disinvited Dustin Black, a screenwriter and homosexual activist. The school dropped Black after online photos emerged of him engaging in sex with his boyfriend.
When the community college learned of the photos, the school was already dealing with a fired professor who had slept with students and had invited porn stars to talk to his class, the president of the Board of Trustees told The Los Angeles Times.
Walsh was invited to replace Black, but Black was later re-invited after the preacher stepped down.
Dacus says Walsh is protected from discrimination against his faith under federal law.
After the L.A. Times published its story about Walsh, an editor there suggested that Walsh's disbelief in evolution makes him unfit to lead the city's health department.
Walsh's beliefs "raise questions not so much about his beliefs as about his competence," editor Jim Newton wrote in a January 7 commentary.