You Won’t Believe Why Atlanta’s Fire Chief Lost His Job

CochranThe Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, has terminated the employment of a city fire chief for writing that homosexuality is morally wrong. Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, a devout Christian, published a book entitled Who Told You That You Were Naked? In the book, he wrote “Uncleanness – whatever is opposite of purity; including sodomy, homosexuality, lesbianism, pederasty, bestiality, all other forms of sexual perversion.”

Cochran says he wrote the book, which he self-published, so that men would “fulfill their purpose as husbands, fathers, community and business leaders-world changers!”

F. Peter Brown writes in Western Journalism:

Gay groups were quick to applaud the firing of Cochran. Georgia Equality Executive Director Jeff Graham said: “Certainly we agree with Mayor Reed’s position on this and his rationale for it.”

Cochran serves as a deacon at Elizabeth Baptist Church.

It was former fire captain and lesbian Cindy Thompson who initially tipped off the GA Voice and Mayor Reed’s LGBT liason.

The Reed administration claims that they were not aware of the book before it was published:

“The Reed administration was not notified of the book before it was published. The Reed administration will not tolerate discrimination of any kindT…he Reed administration is currently conducting a review of the facts surrounding the book. If disciplinary action is recommended as a result of the investigation, we will take decisive action to prevent any inappropriate behavior from occurring in the future.

Apparently, Mayor Reed has moved away from his previous views, and he openly embraced gay marriage in 2012. Chief Cochran’s personal Christian views are incompatible with those of the mayor, but has the country abandoned its commitment to First Amendment rights for all citizens, including public officials?

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