Atlanta Fire Chief bluntly states he was fired because of his Christian faith
This just goes to show that even if you are favored by the Obama Administration, if you are a Christian and express your beliefs in the public arena, you are expendable. It will not be tolerated. If the Fire Chief had been Muslim, Atheist or a practitioner of the dark arts, he would have been a hipster and cool with the powers that be. But being a Christian… tres impopulaire. The most egregious sin in the Progressive religion is speaking against homosexuality or quoting the Bible on said transgression. For this, the Atlanta Fire Chief was sacrificed on the alter of Marxism for the collective good.
Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran (Fox 5 Atlanta)
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.
“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.”
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.”
The mayor went on to inform the public that Cochran had been suspended without pay and was ordered to complete a sensitivity training class.
“I want to be clear that the material in Chief Cochran’s book is not representative of my personal beliefs, and is inconsistent with the Administration’s work to make Atlanta a more welcoming city for all of her citizens — regardless of their sexual orientation, gender, race and religious beliefs,” Mayor Reed wrote.
So what in the world did Cochran write that was so offensive to the mayor and the LGBT community?
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.”
Cochran told me that someone within the department obtained a copy of the book and took it to openly-gay city council member Alex Wan.
Wan released a statement supporting Cochran’s termination and said it “sends a strong message to employees about how much we value diversity and how we adhere to a non-discriminatory environment.”
“It’s a frightening day in the United States when a person cannot express their faith without fears of persecution following,” he told me. “It’s persecution when a godly fire chief loses his job over expressing his Christian faith.”
Christians are being hunted in the US now and persecuted. Whether at work, in positions of power, in school or at home… they are being attacked in a myriad of ways every day. This is a concerted attack intended to silence Christians and make them an obedient majority, minority. This is the squelching of the Christian faith and our voices because it offends those who hold our faith in disdain. The very bedrock of our country was founded on religious freedom. How ironic that now we are marginalized and punished for our faith. Our principles based on faith have been turned upside down like everything else in America and a fall is coming. Not from heaven, but from hell.
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