City, Mayor Of Atlanta Playing With Constitutional Fire

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Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and allied attorneys representing Atlanta’s former fire chief, Kelvin Cochran, are exploring legal options after the city terminated him from his job because of his Christian beliefs.

“Tolerance is a two-way street,” said ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot. “That’s what a federal appeals court said not long ago about public officials who claim to love diversity while only tolerating views they themselves favor. Chief Cochran served the city of Atlanta with distinction, both before and after his post with the Obama administration. The city fired him for nothing other than his faith, and that’s not constitutional. We are currently assessing the legal options available to vindicate his rights to free speech and freedom of religion.”

Though the city granted Cochran permission to publish a Christian book, the city nonetheless fired him simply for writing, in one chapter of the book, about the Christian principle that sex is reserved exclusively for marriage, the union of one man and one woman.
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