A fire chief in Atlanta decided in his own free time to write a book. The book was about his Christian beliefs and biblical understanding of sexual morality. The chief is also a deacon and teacher as the local Baptist Church. His religious beliefs never stopped him from performing his role as chief nor did they play a role in his job performance.
None of that mattered to the militant LGBT crowd or to the Mayor of Atlanta. It should come as no surprise that the mayor is a Democrat.
From The Daily Signal:
Cochran has been a firefighter since 1981 and was appointed Atlanta’s fire chief in 2008. In 2009, President Obama appointed him as U. S. Fire Administrator for the United States Fire Administration in Washington, D. C. In 2010 he returned to serve as Atlanta’s fire chief.
Cochran is a devout Christian and active in his community as a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church, where he serves as a deacon and teacher. In 2013, he wrote and published a book — “Who Told You That You Are Naked?” — to provide guidance to a men’s Bible study group embarking on a study, “A Quest for Authentic Manhood.”
In late 2014, retired Atlanta Fire Department Capt.Cindy Thompson contacted GA Voice, a Georgian LGBT group, to protest Cochran’s book and its mention of homosexuality. Thompson then brought the book to the Mayor’s LGBT liaison, Robin Shahar. Soon afterwards, LGBT activist groups began to rally for the fire chief to be fired.
The activists point to only one page in the book which mentions homosexuality as one among many sexual sins from a Christian perspective.
Mayor Reed promptly responded to the activists, issuing Chief Cochran a month-long without-pay suspension, ordering him to undergo sensitivity training, and then—after a month’s investigation—dismissing the chief. At a news conference, Reed summarized his reasons for dismissing the fire chief, “This is about judgment…This is not about religious freedom, this is not about free speech… Judgment is the basis of the problem.”
From Fox News:
“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.”
Last November the mayor posted a public condemnation of the fire chief on his official Facebook page.
“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 crowd that wants everyone to be tolerant of THEM is one of the most Intolerant of them all. The man wrote something that has absolutely zero effect on how he performs his job. It’s call ‘freedom of speech’ and it’s protected by the 1st Amendment, unless you disagree with the LGBT militants. The chief was never accused of discrimination.
The Mayor of Atlanta should be fired for his actions. Whether you agree with the former chief’s opinion or not isn’t the point, he has the right to free speech and as long as his beliefs do not interfere with his performance as chief, they should have no bearing on his job
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