ATLANTA, GA – Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran was discharged from office by Mayor Kasim Reed after being suspended for 30 days as response to Cochran’s anti-gay comment in his self-published religious book.
Apparently, Cochran gave some discriminating remarks against Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgenders (LGBT) on his book, “Who Told You That You Were Naked?,” calling homosexuality a perversion and associating it to bestiality and pederasty.
This gravely offended many employees of the state, causing them to complain against him.
“I profoundly disagree with and am deeply disturbed by the sentiments expressed in the paperback regarding the LGBT community,” the mayor posted on his Facebook account.…show more content… A number of religious groups have condemned Cochran’s termination, one of which is the Georgia Baptist Convention.
“This is appalling,” said Georgia Baptist Convention President Robert White, adding, “This has everything to do with his religious beliefs.”
He said he believes the mayor succumbed to the pressure from the city’s LGBT community.
“It’s a frightening day in the United States when a person cannot express their faith without fears of persecution,” he said.
“It’s persecution when a godly fire chief loses his job over expressing his Christian faith,” he added.
Cochran’s dismissal from work can start public protests from Christian communities.
“We’re past the point of taking a public stand,” White said. “Christians must stand up for their rights.”
In contrast, the book caused numerous calls from the LGBT community for Cochran’s termination which the Mayor agreed to on Tuesday (Jan. 6).
Openly-gay City Council member Alex Wan supported Cochran’s