Kelvin Cochran is the Fire Chief in Atlanta. He’s also a former member of the Obama administration. Plus, Cochran is an evangelical Christian who’s not afraid to express his religious beliefs. And for that, Cochran is now being punished.
Via redstate.com, we learn that Cochran has been suspended for one month, without pay, for writing a book in which he maintains his fervent support for traditional Christian beliefs on sex and marriage.
…the gay mafia is loudly complaining that Chief Cochran, by writing this book, will suddenly now not put out the fires of gay homes, or something like that.
Specifically, the accusation is that by being honest about his orthodox Christian views on sex and marriage, Chief Cochran is undermining the public trust in him.
You’d think the government would appreciate Kelvin Cochran being a role model to young black men in Atlanta, but they are instead much more focused on not offending the gay rights community.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed took the action against the city’s black fire chief when the mayor’s office reportedly began to receive complaints about the book Cochran authored called “Who Told You That You Were Naked?”
And suspending the top fire department official without pay is apparently not enough for Mayor Reed, as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
In addition to suspending Cochran, Reed’s office has now opened an investigation to determine whether the chief’s actions violated the city policies or discriminated against employees.
Cochran has been ordered to undergo sensitivity training and has been barred from distributing copies of the book on city property after a number of firefighters said they received them in the workplace.
Cochran’s controversial book is being sold on Amazon.com, where you can find this description of “Who Told You That You Were Naked?”:
From God’s perspective nakedness meant so much more.
It meant condemnation and deprivation to his most precious creation-mankind.
Though He reconciled Adam’s condition by clothing him in coats of lambs’ skin, Adam never got over what he had done.
Condemnation has dominated ever since. Now we have a more permanent solution. We have been clothed with Christ!
The sections of the book that supposedly touched off the complaints from Atlanta’s gay community and the condemnation from Atlanta’s mayor maintain that homosexuality and having multiple sexual partners is “vile,” “vulgar,” and “inappropriate.”
Members of the city’s fire department also reportedly filed complaints after being given copies of the book while on duty.
Chief Cochran self-published the book that he said was based on a collection of teachings shared with a men’s Bible study group.
Photo Credit: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.