Atlanta Fire Chief Fired for Views on Homosexuality – Now Religious Liberty Advocates Are FIGHTING BACK!

Free speech and religious freedoms are again under attack from radical LGBQT activists who seek to purge from the public square anyone who expresses views that are anything less than in outright support of homosexuality!

It was announced last week that Atlanta’s embattled Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran, has been fired for a book he wrote on Christian values that was called “anti-gay.” In reality, as Fox News reports, that translates to: it happened to include the Biblical view of homosexuality:

According to the GA Voice, a publication that covers the LGBT community, there were two items that caused concern:

“Uncleanness – whatever is opposite of purity; including sodomy, homosexuality, lesbianism, pederasty, bestiality, all other forms of sexual perversion.”

“Naked men refuse to give in, so they pursue sexual fulfillment through multiple partners, with the opposite sex, the same sex, and sex outside of marriage and many other vile, vulgar and inappropriate ways which defile their body – temple and dishonor God.”

Cochran said he referenced homosexuality on less than a half a page in the 160-page book.

“I did not single out homosexuality,” he said. ‘I simply spoke to sex being created by God for pro-creation and He intended it to be between a man and a woman in holy matrimony – and that any other sex outside of that is sin.”

Fox News also notes it was “a book he wrote for a men’s Bible study group at his Baptist church.”

But now religious leaders are rallying to his defense in protests today and have set up a petition in support:

The unjust firing of Chief Kelvin Cochran by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has awakened believers from around our state and nation to the reality of Christian discrimination in the workplace. Now is the time for all Bible-believing Christians to show their support for Chief Cochran’s courage and for our First Amendment rights as American citizens!

The book hardly seems like a firing offense, especially for a person in charge of the city’s fire department! Gay activists and the mayor’s office are basically saying that public officials cannot exercise their First Amendment rights to free speech and religious liberty. This goes beyond an issue of mere tolerance or acceptance, which Cochran has expressed. They demand approval and advocacy, and a denial of the Biblical view of sex – of which homosexuality is only one in a long list of acts that fall outside of it.

What do you think? Join the discussion at the bottom of the page!



Alexa is a freelance writer and communications consultant, with experience working on the Hill, at the RNC, and for National Review. She is based in Northern Virginia and blogs at AlexaShrugged.com. Follow her on Twitter @AlexaShrugged.

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  • He was fired for violating city and department policies, of which he is to uphold both. It has nothing to do with religion, which is what you want it to be about to support your inane agenda. And since you blowhard right-wing types cannot grasp that homosexuality is not a choice, but rather the way people are born, you are on the wrong side of history.

  • I live in Atlanta and this is an outrage. I have been so disgusted!!! And this doesn't just concern Christians, apparently if you don't belive as the mayor reed does your job is in jeapardy. He needs to go......now!

  • Is kasim reed a muslim?? He acts like it. I saw him personally threatening Channel 5"s reporter when confronted over something that would be out of line. It is time the nation stood up to clowns and jerks like reed that use their power to abuse those that are within their own rights.

  • We all know, as Christ followers, that the enemy, Satan, has dominion over the Earth at this time. It is scriptural the he prowls around like a hungry lion seeking those he may devour. Satan's minions do his bidding in the name of "tolerance" and in the political correct movement which serve to destroy Christianity and what it stands for.
    The enemy focuses on people who are strong advocates for Christ because they are the most potent threat to him and the chaotic degradation of ethics and morality in the land.
    Unfortunately, the main stream media and the entertainment industry have all but forsaken Christianity and have taken an active role in attacking it by constantly bombarding us with the notion that "anything goes" and "if it feels good do it". They work diligently to wear down our resolve to resist their message by marginalizing us as being extremists and less intelligent because we stand on our faith, which is contrary to their leanings.
    They are in great error because we know, as Christians, that He who is in us is greater than he that is in the world. AMEN! ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS!

    • Yeah, onward ... How about worrying about yourself and let others worry about themselves. Perhaps this country would be better off with people not pontificating how we should all live Christian lives when the right wing does nothing but act the opposite (no health care for the poor, no tolerance for others, no belief in allowing opposing viewpoints).

      No wonder less than 25% of Americans identify as Republicans. You are all a bunch of self-focused dolts.

  • That is wrong for the man to lose his job by talking in a way that is pleasing to God. Nobody hates these people, only the action that is is a utter disgrace to our God and his word. It is Ten Commandments not ten suggestions.

    • But our system of government is dictated by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, not the Bible (separation of church and state; which I realize is a pesky point you nut jobs don't like to hear). But seriously, this guy is the chief of a major metropolitan fire department. He is to be above the fray and is responsible for the lives of more than a million people in times of catastrophic events. You can't tell me that he would come under fire if something happened to someone in the public and they were gay that there wouldn't be outrage.

      Take your heads out of the sand and realize it is not about God and his rigid view of life (here is a hint .. It is not). Jesus was a laid-back tolerant man, not a vile, hateful white person like you nut jobs.

  • So, Atlanta currently has a mayor that supports sodomists and other workers of iniquity, and fires a leader who represents the majority ot Christians in Atlanta.
    Wake up folk of Atlanta !
    Fire the worker of iniquity, Kasim Reed, and replace him with Chief Kelvin Cochran.
    Meanwhile, restore Chief Cochran with full back-pay and allowances, and continue him as Fire Chief until you switch him into the mayor position.

    • Atlanta has a mayor that supports the constitution and the law. There never was any mention of sodomists in the language about his firing. He was fired for not following city policy. Pure and simple.

      It is you right wing whack jobs that are turning it into something that it is not in support of your own jaded view of America. In fact, was it not John Adams who said that they were not forming a Christian nation? Yeah, it was .. So when does the fire chief of a city need to be a Christian. Seems to me that I would prefer someone that is a Executive Fire Officer (EFO) and has years of hands-on experience on the job. I could care less if he were Jewish, just so long as he knew what the hell he was doing when there was a fire at my house.

      But who am I kidding. You GOP types are the real reason this county is going to hell. You fought against civil rights, you fought against helping the poor and how you fight against a trait that a person is born with and not a choice. Complete scum.

  • Sue THE City, sue the mayor, due the homosexual groups and gut them like a pig. Millions dho u ld be paid, tens of millions, and people should serve serious jail time.
    This is a violation of civil and Constitutional rights and Atlanta should become ground zero for the fight between heaven and hell, good and evil.

  • He has been discriminated by the city for religious reasons. That is against the law, or do they not know the law in Atlanta. Looks like a federal crime has been perpetrated against this good man.

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