atlanta fire chiefAtlanta fire chief sues after he was fired for expressing Christian views, city says…you bet we did

Liberals aren’t even bothering to hide their anti-Christian bigotry.

Just ask now-former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran.

Cochran lost his job in January 2015 after writing a book in which he voiced his Christian beliefs and criticized gay marriage.  His book, Who Told You That You Were Naked?, described homosexuality, among other things, as “contrary to God’s will.”

He handed out copies of the book to city employees. One of them reported him to a gay Atlanta city council member, who had Cochran fired.

Interestingly, the city did have grounds to fire Cochran.

Atlanta ordinances prohibit city employees from engaging in “private employment” or “render(ing) any services for private interests for remuneration” without first obtaining written approval from the Board of Ethics.

Cochran did not seek approval from the ethics board before publishing and selling the book.

But, surprisingly, the city maintains they fired Cochran for his religious views.

That prompted Cochran to sue.

“A religious or ideological test cannot be used to fire a public servant, but that’s what the city did,” Cochran attorney Kevin Theriot told local NBC affiliate Channel 11 outside the courthouse.

Despite having legal grounds to fire Cochran for violating ethics policy, the city is openly bragging he was fired for his Christian beliefs.

City Attorney Godfrey told NBC 11 Cochran was fired because “it boils down to whether we allow someone to bring discriminatory ideas into the workplace and hand them around to employees and get away with it.”

Atlanta’s liberal leadership gloated over the firing, even though an investigation found Cochran did not discriminate against anyone.

“I want to be clear that the material in Chief Cochran’s book is not representative of my personal beliefs and is inconsistent with the administration’s work to make Atlanta a more welcoming city for all citizens,” Mayor Kasim Reed announced in a statement.

Reed even went so far as to announce he will punish city employees whose views differ from those of the council’s liberal majority.

“When you’re a city employee and [your] thoughts, beliefs and opinions are different from the city’s, you have to check them at the door,” Reed warned Christians in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Theriot argues that allowing cities to fire employees based on their religious speech “places every city employee in jeopardy who may hold to a belief that city officials don’t like. Tolerance must apply to people of all different viewpoints, not just those who agree with the beliefs the government favors.”

“Cochran is one of the most accomplished fire chiefs of all time. In 2012, Fire Chief Magazine named Cochran ‘Fire Chief of the Year,’” the Global Dispatch reports.