|Bogey and Walshy|
Here is how the Pasadena Star News's Frank Girardot describes Dr. Eric Walsh's somewhat controversial views on a few of the important issues of our times (link).
Dr. Eric Walsh needs to immediately resign as the head of Pasadena’s Public Health Department.
Small-minded bigots who would condemn homosexuality, single mothers, Catholics, Muslims, unwed couples, Harry Potter movies and popular culture from the pulpit on Sunday cannot work with those same people Monday through Friday.
I do not say that Walsh shouldn’t be allowed to practice his religion. That observance is protected by our First Amendment. I do say he should end practicing his profession on the public’s dime.
But why? You ask. Surely the two things are separate. Right? No. I’ve listened to several hours of Walsh’s sermons. You can find them on YouTube.
Here’s some of what he believes:
• Oprah Winfrey is harboring the spirit of the anti-Christ;
• The prophet Muhammad, founder of Islam, was influenced by Satan;
• The devil set up Catholicism;
• Acceptance of homosexuals is a satanic ploy to destroy America;
• Rapper Jay Z is a disciple of Satan;
• Single mothers are ruining their children;
• Disney movies, which are loaded with violence, sex and magic, are a satanic ploy to split up families;
• Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is a “satanic belief”;
• The distribution of condoms to a public in need leads to higher AIDS rates;
• The pope is the anti-Christ.
Seems a little out there, even for Pasadena. A place that has always put its "we care more deeply than you do" foot forward at every opportunity it gets. And probably because of that Dr. Eric Walsh has now been suspended from his duties as the head health honcho for the Rose City. Again, from the Pasadena Star News (link):
Pasadena Public Health Director Dr. Eric Walsh placed on administrative leave after homophobic sermon furor - City Manager Michael Beck announced Thursday that he has placed Public Health Director Dr. Eric Walsh on paid administrative leave following the discovery of online videos of religious sermons in which Walsh expresses discriminatory views on homosexuals, Muslims and others.
The announcement came just two days after Walsh stepped away from giving a commencement address at Pasadena City College, citing a scheduling conflict. The recordings, posted on YouTube and other websites, chronicle Walsh’s sermons given to Seventh-day Adventist congregations, including one on North Lake Avenue in Altadena, where he is an associate pastor.
You'd think that having Dr. Walsh's little sermonettes posted all over YouTube for the last couple of years might have prevented his views from being such a secret up until now. Alas, that hasn't been the case.
Now as much as we might selfishly revel in any embarrassment caused to Pasadena City Hall by members of its vast and largely unctuous bureaucracy, you could wonder why I care as much about this story as I do. Outside of the fact that it is a very satisfying one, especially in an ironic humor sort of way.
Well, I have to level with you. There is another reason. And that is Dr. Eric Walsh, along with such Tattler favorites as '60s right on radicals for life Peter Dreier and Board of Education President Renatta Cooper, were leading advocates for the PUSD Community Schools program last year. Designed to incorporate feel good social welfare programs into educational institutions formerly dedicated to such boring reactionary stuff as math and science, it was adopted by the gleefully enlightened Bill Bogaard lead City Council of Pasadena in February of 2013.
And, I might add, without bothering to inform those other two cities in the Pasadena Unified School District, Sierra Madre and Altadena. Not that either of those burghs should have ever expected to be told anything in a world where only God's own Pasadena has ever counted.
Peter Dreier's personal PUSD political advocacy front group, Invest In Pasadena's Kids (or IIPK for the acronymically inclined), couldn't get enough of its Dr. Eric Walsh a year ago. And in a flyer created to help turn out the faithful to the Pasadena City Council meeting dedicated to approving the PUSD Community Schools "8th Guiding Principle" concept, praised him as being, ahem, visionary.
Check it out:
I guess if that vibrant "Eighth Guiding Principal" includes hating on Gays, Oprah, Catholics, Walt Disney or anyone else the "visionary" leader Dr. Eric Walsh has problems with, then apparently IIPK, Renatta Cooper and Peter Dreier are alright about it. Or right on with it, man.
No word about any of this yet from the Pasadena Weekly.