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Atlanta to pay $1.2 million to Christian fire chief

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Atlanta to pay $1.2 million to Christian fire chief

The Atlanta City Council voted Monday to pay $1.2 million to former Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who was fired in 2015 over a 162-page book he wrote for men at his church advocating for a Biblical view of marriage and sexuality. The council voted in favor of the settlement 11-3, according to WSB radio. Cochran won a lawsuit against the city and Mayor Kasim Reed late last year. A U.S. District Court ruled that Atlanta’s policies restricting speech outside of work allowed city officials to unconstitutionally discriminate against views with which they disagreed.

Reed, in a letter, had defended the firing, saying Cochran didn’t have permission to write the book, which “required prior approval from the Board of Ethics,” and had compromised his ability to lead city employees who might be homosexual. But an investigation found no evidence that Cochran discriminated against any member of the fire department because of his religious beliefs.

Rachel Lynn Aldrich Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.


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It's really about time that the real miscreants in these ant-liberty cases (in this case, Mayor Reed, any consenting members of his city council and their legal counsel) be held personally accountable for their criminal behavior. It is not right for the taxpayers of the good city of Atlanta to bear the cost of their malicious attacks on decency.


I am glad he won his lawsuit against Atlanta, he is a good man and evil always works hard to put a good man down. There was a gay pride parade in Atlanta last weekend. Maybe we need to start some Christian parades and show people the stark difference in people. Couples married for many years, people that were in prison but Christ changed their life, people that lived the homosexual lifestyle but Christ changed their life, etc.


Homosexuals should not be in Christian leadership, just as a married heterosexual who is having an affair should not counsel or lead Christians.