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Family Policy Institute of Oklahoma to host ‘First Amendment’ banquet

Darla Shelden Story by on October 24, 2015 . Click on author name to view all articles by this author. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.
Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran

Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran

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As news stories about religious liberty in jeopardy hit every week, the Family Policy Institute of Oklahoma (FPIO) will hold a “First Amendment” Banquet on Nov. 2.

Keynote speaker will be former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran. Chief Cochran was fired for expressing traditional Christian moral convictions in a book he wrote not related to his work. Despite his record as a firefighter, widely praised in the community, he was fired by the Atlanta mayor for supporting Biblical marriage in his book.

Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse called Chief Cochran “a fearless man of great faith.”

Concerned citizens interested in attending on Monday, November 2 at 6:30pm, can learn more at FPIO’s website at: www.okfamily.org/register or email info@okfamily.org .

The events will be at the Regal Room at 420 E. Britton Road (just east of Broadway Extension on Britton Road in Oklahoma City).

Before the Banquet, FPIO will host a religious liberty training seminar with legal experts from the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). ADF is regarded as one of the nation’s leaders in defending the traditional family and religious liberty. Organizers of the FPIO event said, in a press release, “Pastors, ministry leaders, and concerned citizens will learn how to advance their Kingdom mission in a challenging culture. Attorneys will also be able to gain valuable legal insights on First Amendment law.”

“We are excited to have Chief Cochran in Oklahoma to share his story of faith under fire. His witness will inspire and motivate Oklahomans to continue the race and keep the faith. We are pleased to have ADF join us in training pastors, ministry leaders, attorneys and concerned citizens on key religious liberty issues. We want to not only inspire, but also equip,” said Timothy Tardibono, FPIO’s President.

NOTE: The Family Policy Institute of Oklahoma is a non-profit, non-partisan research and education foundation which exists to protect families and strengthen communities by advancing positive cultural and societal initiatives that will improve the well-being of Oklahoman’s children and families.

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