Testimony of American Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, Fired by Atlanta Mayor for Distributing Christian Book
Kelvin Cochran is an accomplished firefighter. In 2009, President Obama appointed him as U.S. Fire Administrator. He returned as the Fire Chief of the Atlanta Fire Department in 2010 and was awarded Fire Chief of the Year in 2012.
He is also a devout Christian, church deacon, and Bible teacher who, in 2013, wrote a book about sexual purity. He gave copies to his coworker.
Who Told You That You Are Naked?
In November 2014, city officials suspended Cochran for 30 days without pay and underwent sensitivity training. He was subsequently fired for his Christian belief.
Cochran firmly holds the Biblica truth that sex is reserved only for marriage between a man and a woman. He calls homosexuality “sexual perversion” and “vulgar” and also likens it to “bestiality.” He was targeted for those beliefs.
First Amendment rights violated
The Democrat-Liberal Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, terminated Cochran for distributing the book. It sparked a firestorm of criticism because the city violated Cochran’s First Amendment rights.
The Federal court intervened and reversed the Mayor’s decision. In October 2018, the city of Atlanta agreed to pay its former fire chief, Kelvin Cochran, $1.2 million in the wake of the federal court ruling.
Terrible times ahead for Christians in America
The case of Kelvin Cochran may have been a victory, but what happened undermines the freedom Christians once had in the United States. Christian churches in the country have been on a steady decline.
Jobs of Christians who oppose gay marriage but support traditional marriage could be in danger in an environment led by far-left liberals.