Late last year, Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed suspended, then terminated, Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran. Cochran, a Christian, self-published a book critical of the sin of homosexuality.
Reed says he didn’t fire Cochran for his beliefs; he fired him for handing out copies at work.
Franklin Graham and others gathered at the Georgia state capital to support Cochran, and thousands of people signed petitions to reinstate him.
Cochran has decided to fight back. He filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging religious discrimination. From Religion News Network:
“Allied attorney Jonathan Crumly filed an EEOC complaint on behalf of Chief Cochran yesterday based on the City’s clear religious discrimination against the Chief,” read a statement issued to The Blaze by Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Jeremy Tedesco. ”Americans are guaranteed the freedom to live without fear of losing their jobs because of their beliefs and thoughts.”
“I was informed that all City employees interviewed in the investigation were asked if my faith influenced my leadership style. All employees responded that it did,” he wrote in the complaint. “I was informed that since my faith influenced my leadership style, as well as other issues concerning my book, I was given a choice to resign or be terminated.”
As courts redefine marriage, expect more of these kinds of claims. The mainstreaming and forced acceptance of homosexuality is in direct conflict not only with the Christian faith, but that of other major religions. Christians must resist this attempt to violate our enumerated rights as homosexuals gain special ones.