When the contents of Cochran’s book came to the attention of Mayor Kasim Reed, Reed ultimately fired Cochran, but not before saying “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.”
Another big religious freedom case in federal court. And in this case, there’s a ray of hope.
Decades - Kelvin - Cochran - Record - Service
For more than three decades, Kelvin Cochran built a record of service and expertise that made him one of the most respected fire chiefs in the country. He was the first African-American fire chief in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was among the responders to Hurricane Katrina. President Obama appointed him as the U.S. Fire Administrator, whose job is to improve both fire prevention and response across the country.
And until a few years ago, he was the chief of the Atlanta Fire Department, a job he would probably still hold if city officials had any respect for Cochran’s rights to freedom of religion and freedom of speech.
Cochran - Trouble - Book - Time - Group
Cochran got into trouble over a book he wrote on his own time for a small group that he led in his church. The book, entitled Who Told You That You Were...
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