As many of you know, the breaking news in Georgia this week is that the Atlanta fire chief who wrote an anti-gay, anti-women, anti-Semitic book and distributed it to his taxpayer-funded staff has been fired.
How could this have happened?
Isn’t Georgia a Bible Belt state dominated by conservative lawmakers who actually support discrimination, just so long as it’s justified by so-called “deeply held religious beliefs?”
Well, according to right-wing pundit Erick Erickson, the firing of Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran is the result of Better Georgia’s work. He even quotes the email you received from us last week.
From Red State:
Let’s be honest here — the likelihood that Better Georgia, a group Kasim Reed will want in his corner should he run for further office, sends out an email on December 29, 2014, and the Chief gets fired a week later, is just a coincidence is slim.
What was Better Georgia’s first complaint about Chief Cochran’s book? From their email:
Let’s take a closer look at what Cochran wrote with pages taken straight from his book. Keep in mind that he gave this book to his city employees. Cochran says the top priority as fire chief for Atlanta is to “cultivate its culture for the glory of God.”
Just to be clear: Cochran wasn’t fired for his religious — or even his discriminatory — beliefs. He was fired for imposing those views on his employees.
One thing is clear: What we’re doing, together, is working.
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It’s clear from the recent national media attention that Georgia is quickly becoming the new battleground in the fight for equality.
Those who believe that people should be able to go to work without fear of discrimination have won this battle. But with extremist bills already being pre-filed for the upcoming legislative session, the war in Georgia is far from over.
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