Atlanta Fire Chief Fired for Being Christian Reaches $1.2M Settlement
In addition to being the former fire chief of Atlanta, Kevin Cochran is a Christian and a writer. However, after Cochran exercised his First Amendment rights and capitalized on these two passions by publishing a book that – among other things – discussed his views on sexual immorality, Cochran was fired from his job by then-mayor Kasim Reed for discrimination.
“Given my history and work throughout my career and with the city of Atlanta, I was shocked that writing a book and encouraging Christian men to be the husbands and fathers and men that God had called us to be, would jeopardize my 34-year career,” Cochran said.
Cochran went on to file a federal lawsuit against the city of Atlanta and was represented by Alliance Defending Freedom – a Christian legal group. Cochran and his attorneys argued that the city had violated Cochran’s First Amendment and due-process rights. It was a lawsuit that they went on to win, with the city of Atlanta agreeing to pay Cochran a total of $1.2 million.
Hopefully this large amount will serve as a warning to leftist officials who attempt to use their power to punish those beneath them for exercising their First Amendment rights. To learn more about this story, be sure to check out the video below.
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