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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fire Chief Sacked for Christian Commitment Fights Back

By Rick Pearcey • February 19, 2015, 12:16 PM

Leo Homann reports at WND:

Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Wednesday against the city alleging he was wrongfully terminated simply because he holds unpopular religious views.

Cochran wrote a devotional book geared toward Christian men in which he mentioned homosexuality in an unfavorable light. Mayor Muhammad Kasim Reed fired Cochran in January, he says, because of Cochran’s “bad judgment,” alleging that Cochran did not come to him for permission to write the book.

Ironically, the mayor also said that Cochran’s book could have caused a lawsuit against the city, a clear reference to Atlanta’s politically powerful LGBT community, some of whom serve within Reed’s own administration.

"'Let’s stop trying to make this about religious freedom, when it’s about making sure we have an environment in government where everyone can come to work,' Reed told WSB-TV in Atlanta," according to WND.

"Cochran and his lawyers say that’s a false argument the city has concocted merely as cover for its own act of intolerance," WND reports.

"I was fired simply because of what I believe. I could not allow this unjust act toward me to go unchallenged, and I will not be passive and leave this fight for someone else," WND quotes Cochran as saying during a news conference Wednesday at the state capitol.

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