In an amazing victory for freedom of speech and free exercise of religion, the city of Atlanta, Georgia, agreed to pay its former fire chief, Kelvin Cochran, a settlement of $1.2 million after terminating him for a book he wrote for Christian men during his off-work time. The book contains statements that support traditional marriage and orthodox Christian views on marriage and sex.
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia held that the city policies regulating and restricting non-work speech were too broad and unconstitutionally discriminated against Cochran’s Christian views. The city council just this month voted on the specific award amount.
This is an important win as more liberal government bureaucrats seek to silence Christian views from the public square, and prevent us from engaging in the marketplace of ideas. There is no legitimate legal reason why a person who works for the government must put aside his or her faith in order to remain employed. Cochran’s case and others like it show the outright bias and hostility from progressive liberals against people of faith.
Posted In: Jenna Ellis, Policy