I don't think his life should be ruined because he made an ill-advised choice. I'm sure he's a good person and probably a good fire chief. A simple reprimand should have sufficed. Not everything needs to be taken to such extremes.
i dont really understand how this is an issue, unless theres more to the story this is just common sense
if i go to work tomorrow and give some co workers copies of a book I wrote and in the book it says that i hate a gender, race, religion etc or that i think women, blacks or christians are vile dirty people guess what . . . . im getting fired LMAO
and thats not a violation of my religion or free speech in anyway whatsoever lol and saying otherwise is just dishonest
the chief seems to be a moron that wasnt thinking to clearly BUT like i said maybe theres more to the story maybe im missing something
I just know what would happened to me if i did the above and i would be fired and rightfully so, so i dont understand why anybody thinks this guy is different
One can only assume that a contract with the city has some sort of ethics clause in it even if written in simplistic fashion, and we can also safely assume that the Fire Chief willingly signed such an agreement. But what we do know is the concepts behind the book put the city in an terrible position if it comes out later that employees under his command were handled differently based on their sexual orientation. At the same time it seems like Cochran disobeyed an order until the investigation was complete. Not saying Cochran engaged in discrimination, not saying it did not happen but the city is right to be concerned about it.
Also, technically his 1st Amendment rights were not waived. When you work for the government (and the military) you do not give up your rights. However, you also cannot run around and say whatever you want to when ever you want to and expect total impunity. You are contractually obligated to use them with a sense of responsibility. And yes, these types of limitations can be found in government public offices from local to federal, the military, all over the educational field, and in the private sector (namely the corporate environment.) If you signed said agreement then you only have yourself to blame for breaking them.
And I am sure you know this to be factual but we are here because of the appearance someone'e religious rights were infringed. If you were objective about the entire story it would be more clear that Cochran being fired was entirely his own doing. Now, if Cochran sues the city and more comes out on this story we can change our positions here. Perhaps something to back up that the city did approve the book. Until then, all we have to go on is Cochran doing this to himself based on the information to date.
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"Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people." - Penn Jillette.
I wonder how people would feel if this same person was distributing satanic or kkk pamphlets. Would they still cry first amendment?
Christian privilege no longer applies and they're bitter.
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