ATLANTA, Ga. — The city council of Atlanta, Georgia has voted to pay $1.2 million to a fire chief who was fired nearly four years ago after some took offense at a book he published for men and fathers, which contained a page characterizing homosexual behavior and other forms of sexual activity proscribed by the Bible as being examples of sexual perversion and the “opposite of purity.”
According to reports, city council voted 11-3 on Monday to approve the payment in light of a ruling last December in which a federal judge determined that while Chief Kelvin Cochran’s firing was not a matter of discrimination, some of the City’s policies requiring prior approval before taking “outside employment,” including publishing a book, were problematic.
“[B]ased upon findings of the court that could have resulted in taxpayers paying millions of dollars in damages and litigation fees, negotiated settlement was recommended by legal counsel,” a spokesperson told Fox5 News.
As previously reported, Cochran was fired in January 2015 after being suspended for one month and placed under investigation as to whether he violated city policy or engaged in discrimination by publishing the devotional “Who Told You That You Were Naked?”
The book, available on Amazon, is centered on God’s question to Adam following his disobedience in the Garden of Eden, and parallels the matter with those who are now “clothed in Christ.” It was compiled as a result of a number of lesson plans that he had prepared over time for men’s Bible study groups.
While “Who Told You That You Were Naked” was published in 2013, it was reportedly not until November 2014 that Atlanta employees complained to Mayor Kasim Reed about it