Christian Persecution? Fire Chief Loses Job After Writing About Homosexuality
A rally is set to take place in Atlanta today in support of the city's former fire chief, who was terminated over an anti-gay self-help book that he wrote.
At issue are passages on homosexuality in a book by Kelvin Cochran entitled “Who Told You That You Were Naked?"
Cochran wrote the following for a men's Bible study group at his Baptist church.
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.
Coming out in support of Cochran, Rev. Franklin Graham argued that the firing is yet another example of politically correct bullying of Christians.
Graham said Cochran is "being persecuted for his religious views," but Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed disagreed, calling that assessment "garbage."
Reed said he's a Christian himself and claimed that the action was taken because Cochran never got permission to publish the book.
In a Facebook post in November, Reed condemned the writings before suspending the fire chief.
“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.”
Cochran was terminated on the day his suspension was set to end.
Cochran is considering legal action, arguing that he did notify the city's ethics office about the book. But officials say he didn't follow through when he was told he needed the mayor's approval.
Watch John Roberts' report above and read more here from Todd Starnes.