Ever since Kelvin Cochran was a small boy he’s been in love with the idea of being a firefighter. He grew up to not only become a fireman–a classic young man’s dream job–but also rose up to the position of fire chief of Atlanta, Georgia.
Unfortunately, Cochran’s career has been flushed down the toilet, and the reason why involves a Bible study book he created for his church.
I bet if he were a Muslim instead of a Christian, he probably would’ve been handed the key to the city.
From Fox News:
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced Tuesday that Cochran had been fired. The announcement came on the same day Cochran was supposed to return to work following a 30-day suspension.
Cochran had been suspended in November because of a passage he wrote about homosexuality in a book titled, “Who Told You That You Were Naked?” The book’s theme is about biblical morality.
“This is about judgment,” Mayor Reed said during a Tuesday press conference. “This is not about religious freedom. This is not about free speech. Judgment is the basis of the problem.”
“I profoundly disagree with and am deeply disturbed by the sentiments expressed in the paperback regarding the LGBT community,” the mayor wrote. “I will not tolerate discrimination of any kind within my administration.”
“The LGBT members of our community have a right to be able to express their views and convictions about sexuality and deserve to be respected for their position without hate or discrimination,” Cochran told me in an exclusive interview. “But Christians also have a right to express our belief regarding our faith and be respected for our position without hate and without discrimination. In the United States, no one should be vilified, hated or discriminated against for expressing their beliefs.”
So the mayor isn’t going to tolerate any discrimination? Then why is he discriminating against a Christian who holds different views than his own?
Shouldn’t he technically resign from his post as mayor for violating Cochran’s freedom of speech? I guess he isn’t all that concerned about consistencies in his worldview is he?
This also begs the question of why it’s okay for homosexuals to bash the snot out of Christians, but it’s not okay for Christians to kindly and lovingly state they disagree with their lifestyle?
That’s a pretty big double standard, isn’t it?
I can understand being ticked at people who cuss you out or advocate violence against homosexuals, such as the Westboro Baptist morons, but the average Christian would never say something like that. If they did, it’s proof they don’t really have a clue who Jesus is.
Cochran’s termination on the basis of his personally held religious views is an obvious violation of his First Amendment right to freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion.
Mayor Reed needs to take a class on the Constitution, issue a public apology to Cochran, and then reinstate him to his job as fire chief.
Of course, that won’t happen, but if Mayor Reed ever grows a brain and a conscience, that’s what should be done to rectify this horrendous situation.
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