Kelvin Cochran, former Atlanta Fire Chief who was fired for his poor judgement, wants to be reinstated and given back pay.
Cochran was put on leave and subsequently fired in late 2014 after distributing a self-published book titled “Who Told You That You Were Naked?” to his employees.
Cochran’s book refers to homosexuality as “unclean,” “a sexual perversion,” “vulgar” and “inappropriate.” It is also critical of women and misrepresents biblical stories in order to place additional blame on women. Frankly, even Christians should be offended by it.
Although he claims he was fired for being Christian, the fact is he was fired for poor judgement and Better Georgia was credited with exposing that poor judgement.
Mayor Kasim Reed put Cochran on leave after self-publishing a book containing his highly offensive version of Christianity and distributing it to his taxpayer-funded employees. While Cochran was on leave he was asked not to talk to the press until they had everything sorted out. Cochran immediately went to the right-wing press and claimed he was being persecuted for his religious beliefs.
But Chief Cochran wasn’t persecuted for his religious beliefs; he was disciplined for trying to force his personal religious beliefs on those he supervised. He was a bad boss. He made such bad decisions that Mayor Reed feared Cochran, spurred by his discriminatory beliefs, would cause a lawsuit.
You may be asking yourself, why are we still talking about this creep? The answer is conservatives keep using his story to rekindle the “religious liberty” debate and we must be vigilant in our assertion that Cochran’s case has nothing to do with religious liberty.
Religious liberty is already granted by the First Amendment. Having religious freedom doesn’t give you the right to impose your beliefs on others or discriminate against people who don’t share your views.