Atlanta Fire Chief Suspended After Writing Christian Book Calling Homosexuality ‘Perversion’

CochranATLANTA — A Georgia fire chief has been suspended without pay and has been ordered to undergo sensitivity training after publishing a book that contains quotes decrying homosexual behavior and other forms of sexual perversion.

Chief Kelvin Cochran of Atlanta has been suspended for one month and is also the subject of investigation as to whether he violated city policy or engaged in discrimination by publishing the book last year.

The publication, which is being sold on Amazon, is entitled “Who Told You That You Were Naked?” and is centered on God’s question to Adam following his disobedience in the Garden of Eden, and parallels the matter with those who are now “clothed in Christ.” Cochran states that the book was compiled as a result of a number of lesson plans that he had prepared over time for men’s Bible study groups.

While “Who Told You That You Were Naked” was published last year, it was reportedly not until last week that Atlanta employees complained to Mayor Kasim Reed about its content.

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

But it wasn’t Cochran’s writings against sexual perversion that got him into hot water, it was the fact that he included homosexuality among those behaviors that are cited as being “vile,” “vulgar” and “inappropriate.”

Mayor Reed issued a statement this week condemning Cochran’s book and referring to it as being discriminatory.

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“I was surprised and disappointed to learn of this book on Friday,” he stated. “I profoundly disagree with and am deeply disturbed by the sentiments expressed in the paperback regarding the LGBT community. I will not tolerate discrimination of any kind within my administration.”

“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,” Reed said.

In addition to being suspended and placed under investigation, Cochran is also prohibited from distributing his book to other city employees as some firefighters stated that he had given them a free copy.

But some find that it is rather Mayor Reed who is being discriminatory by punishing Christians who publicly express their biblical values.

“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,” wrote writer Erick Erickson for Red State. “What Mayor Reed and the gay rights community are saying is that if you work for government you cannot be open about your Christian faith. Again, you will be made to care.”


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  • bowie1

    Did he do this as fire chief or just as a private citizen to show that it reflected his views and necessarily not that of the fire department or the community?

    • http://www.crazyrev.blogspot.com/ C.Brian Ross

      Can’t speak for the USoA, but here in the UK, my services as a very active Force Chaplain with Strathclyde Police were dispensed with because of my support for God-ordained marriage in my personal blog! I was informed that I was entitled to hold my own beliefs (!) but that to publish them in such a way was in contravention of the Force’s Diversity and Equality Policy. I fully sympathise with this brother in the Lord. May he be fully protected from “sensitivity training”!

      crazyrev dot blogspot dot com

      • Neiman

        God will reward you for your faithfulness, for your courageous stand. He will openly reward you and rescue you fully from the destruction the enemy of our souls intended. God bless you!

      • Pax Humana

        I would not have been so cordial and I would have made the aftermath look worse than a donnybrook in Dublin if they wanted to get physically violent with myself.

  • Gary

    Mayor Reed: “I will not tolerate discrimination of any kind within my administration.” After saying that, Mayor Reed proceeded to discriminate against the Fire Chief for his religious beliefs.

    • ladyhawke

      Your the one being discriminatory

      • thoughtsfromflorida

        How so? Are other people writing books that label some people as vile, unclean, etc., and the mayor is taking no action? Because that would be discriminatory.

        Having expectations for the conduct and public words of a city employee, and then taking action which those are violated, is not discrimination.

        • Robert W Rogers

          Horse hockey

          • thoughtsfromflorida

            How so?

    • The Last Trump

      He was “surprised and disappointed” and “DEEPLY DISTURBED”!! I love the hypocrisy today. How everybody keeps pretending we didn’t JUST CHANGE the laws that stood for generations AGAINST this perverse behaviour. Like supporting traditional marriage and normalcy has just come out of nowhere, all of a sudden. Oh, you never heard of The Bible before, Mayor Reed? Give me a break! Anybody really believe for even a second Mayor Reed is encouraging his kids to be cross-dressing deviants who use the wrong restrooms? Let’s get over to his house ASAP and start handing out LGBT literature to his kids. Surprised and disappointed! DEEPLY DISTURBED! Politically correct cowards at their finest.

      • quillerm

        This is a War being waged by liberals on the majority of society that reject their efforts to bring the rest of society down to their level. The rights of those to be of sound moral character and normal sexual conduct should be protected.

    • BeWhoYouAre

      So you think standing up to the discrimination of homosexuals is discrimination itself? Are you standing up for your right to hate?

      • what_would_ghengis_do

        Opposition is not hate, no matter how many political hacks and unthinking parrots squawk otherwise.

        • BeWhoYouAre

          The question is whether it is discrimination (as Gary claims above) to clamp down on discrimination. Oppose whatever you like. I fail to see how Mayor Reed is discriminating.

          • James Grimes

            Your comments are ludicrous. They have no place on a Christian forum. Go stalk an Atheist site with your hate-filled rants and you will be welcomed there. Get out of here.

          • BeWhoYouAre

            That’s just the point, I’m NOT an atheist. I’m a REAL Christian, you know, the kind that doesn’t hate others for being different in some way.

          • Vic Christian

            So – you claim to be a “real Christian” and disagree with God on His Word? Just what do you base your “real Christianity” on?

          • BeWhoYouAre

            I don’t disagree with God on His word. I disagree with you on yours.

          • Gary

            You endorse homosexuality. That is wicked. Your claim to be a Christian is a lie.

          • Gary

            If you are a real Christian, then everyone is. You are a wicked, unrepentant sinner who endorses sin.

          • quillerm

            She is punishing the Fire Chief for writing a book. Which has nothing to do with his job, he has the right to be an author without having leftist censors punish him for his thoughts.

      • Gary

        Yes. The mayor is discriminating against those who will not accept homosexuals. The mayor has chosen to endorse what God has cursed. And then the mayor is such a lying hypocrite that he claims he will allow no discrimination of any kind. Apparently, his rule only applies to others, and not himself.

        • quillerm

          The mayor is punishing the Chief for writing a book with one passage she disagrees with politically. No laws were broken, and the people have a right not to endorse homosexuality if they want to.

      • quillerm

        There are books that express every possible belief on the planet. Will you be the one starting to burn all those books that you think are hateful?

    • thoughtsfromflorida

      It has nothing to do with his religious beliefs. It is the way in which, as a employee of the city who serves, and is paid by, all taxpayers, he chose to share his views.

      He is free to believe as he cares to. But, as with all employees, there are standards of behavior that are expected, and those that are not acceptable.

      I wonder how Christians would feel if a Fire Chief – responsible for hiring/firing of employees and ensuring the protection of property for all citizens – published a book saying that all Christians were vile, vulgar, unclean, etc.? Might make them wonder about that individual’s ability to properly supervise others as well as the decisions they make in their job….”oh, sorry, we just couldn’t get to your burning church any faster”.

      Christians seem to be under the mistaken impression that they should be free to say whatever they care to and that employers should have no ability to take action. That’s ridiculous.

      If he wants to share his views, he may need to accept that the city, based upon the type of environment they want to maintain, may not believe that he is the best person for the job.

      • Gary

        Everyone discriminates. And everyone is a bigot. The question is, who do you discriminate against? In this case, the mayor is discriminating against the fire chief because the fire chief will not deny that homosexuals are perverts, and accept homosexuals as being as legitimate, and moral, and worthy of respect. So the mayor has endorsed homosexuality, and demands that all Atlanta employees do the same. The mayor is wrong and immoral, and a hypocrite.

        • thoughtsfromflorida

          I agree that everyone discriminates. I like some vegetables, but not others. I discriminate in which vegetables I eat.

          It would behoove you to get a better understanding of the definition of the word “bigot”. Not everyone is a bigot.

          “the mayor is discriminating against the fire chief because the fire chief will not deny that homosexuals are perverts, and accept homosexuals as being as legitimate, and moral, and worthy of respect”

          It would also behoove you to gain a better understanding of the word “discriminate” as used in this regard. The mayor would be discriminating if he allowed others to publicly share those views, but not this man. That would be discrimination. That is not the case here.

          There is no requirement that the chief denies anything. He is free to believe whatever he cares to. The city is also free to determine the expected behavior for its employees and that the behavior be consistent with the city’s policies. If I march in a KKK parade and publicly state that black people are inferior to whites, my employer would terminate my employment, and rightfully so.

          “So the mayor has endorsed homosexuality, and demands that all Atlanta employees do the same.”

          Please cite where the mayor has demanded that all Atlanta employees endorse homosexuality.

          • Gary

            I am using the American Heritage Dictionary definition of bigot. But my edition is several years old, so the current definition may have changed. If you are intolerant of the opinions of others, then you are a bigot. And the mayor of Atlanta certainly is.
            And the mayor is discriminating against Christians, and in favor of homosexuals. Obviously.
            By punishing the fire chief for his opinions on homosexuals, the mayor has made it clear that opposition to homosexuals will not be tolerated by him. That is an endorsement of homosexuality, and a demand that others under his control either do the same, or voice no opinions on the matter.

          • thoughtsfromflorida

            Not everyone is intolerant of the opinions of others.

            “And the mayor is discriminating against Christians, and in favor of homosexuals. Obviously.”

            You are incorrect. If he was discriminating against Christians, then all Christians in the Fire Department would be on suspension.

            “By punishing the fire chief for his opinions on homosexuals”

            He’s not punishing the fire chief for his opinions. He’s punishing the chief for the way in which he expressed his opinions.

            “the mayor has made it clear that opposition to homosexuals will not be tolerated by him.”

            He has done no such thing. It is about conduct as a city employee, not the personal beliefs of the individual.

          • quillerm

            This is why liberals should never hold positions of power. They are nothing more than extremists that strip people of their rights if they don’t submit to liberal ideology. We are a nation of many beliefs that can be expressed in books.

          • thoughtsfromflorida

            A little late to the party, Skippy.

          • quillerm

            Endorse homosexuality? This is just a leftist Mayor censoring religious thought.

      • quillerm

        He wrote a book, which has nothing to do with his job. This is outright censorship, discrimination, and against our rights as individuals. The Mayor should be forced to compensate the Chief for any damages he suffered from her radical orders. She is a petty dictator trying to censor people who write books. Very Hitler-esque.

        • MargaretBlue

          HIS and HE. Kasim Reed is a man, for pete’s sake, people. If you can’t even get such a rudimentary detail right, why should I take you seriously on any subject, let alone your inane invocation of Godwin’s Law.

          • quillerm

            If you lack the intelligence to offer up a response admit it. Don’t divert to some inane babble.

          • MargaretBlue

            You know what they say about glass houses…

            If you don’t even know that Mayor Reed, who is even pictured in this article, is a man, then I’m not the one with the intelligence problem here.

    • BarkingDawg

      Wrong. The fire chief violated policy by distributing religious literature to his subordinates.

      Why is it so hard for some people to grasp that that is not acceptable?

      • quillerm

        Liberals have become the new book burners and ‘thought police’ of our society. They have decided that we all must give up our religious beliefs to work in cities they control. Just another reason to Vote them out of power and bring freedom back to America,

        • BarkingDawg

          Why do you hate the US Constitution?

  • http://textsincontext.wordpress.com Michael Snow

    “In addition to being suspended and placed under investigation, Cochran
    is also prohibited from distributing his book to other city employees as
    some firefighters stated that he had given them a free copy.”

    I just ordered a copy from Amazon. Heaven knows how hard it is for unknown authors to sell a book these days, especially if it is a faithful book.

  • Neiman

    With an edit from my response under another thread:

    It is no shock to me that we see so many people turn against Christ and His Church, so many people in the damnable name of political correctness and a false, hypocritical and most wicked idea of tolerance are seeking to destroy all faith in this country and throw out the 1st Amendment. Since 1962 when for the first time this nation officially turned its back on God and declared atheism to be our National Religion and seated Satan on God’s Throne in our hearts, what did we expect, that things would go well for us as a Christian people? The dramatic change after that decision, the sexual revolution, the drug culture, nationwide riots, assassinations, the most unpopular war in our history and on and on we became all for ourselves, our pleasures, no personal responsibility, no morals, no ethics and so why
    should we be shocked that people the State and the people are hateful of God, that they will defend homosexuality and wage war against people of faith.

    By the way, sensitivity training is not only unconstitutional and anti-liberty, it is designed. like the political bureau of the old Soviet Union, to wipe out every bit of Christian faith and force people of faith to either embrace homosexuality or lose their jobs.

    It is a sign of the times and it will get worse.

    • Gary

      I wish someone would order me to attend a “sensitivity training course”. I would go. And what fun that would be! Before long, they would be asking me to leave.

      • Neiman

        The price you would pay is to lose your job, or in this man’s case your retirement and benefits. You will either submit to the god of this world and embrace homosexuality as being approved by God and man or you will be made to suffer. These people must destroy your faith in God, you must compromise your faith or else. You have NO rights in America to stand with God or His Word.

        • Gary

          If the fire chief is fired, or loses his retirement, I don’t know what his legal options are. But if he has any, he should pursue them. If that fails, then he should take another course of action.

          • Neiman

            If he is in a union, they should have to engage lawyers to fight for his rights. Or, the department could just negotiate an early retirement to avoid unpleasantness. While God may allow him momentary pain, He will redeem Him from destruction.

          • Pax Humana

            I know what his legal options are and they are to utilize whatever legal means that he can to get charges on them that CAN stick, namely things like discrimination due to his religion, being smart and using the discrimination due to his sexual orientation (yes, it CAN work for heterosexuals as well, as a recent case in, of all places, New York proved), and to sue them for a whole host of crimes, such as promoting a religious litmus test, extortion, graft, bribery, violation of the RICO Act and similar legislation, and any other charges that can be used to take down war criminals, terrorists, drug cartels, and criminal syndicates, period, full stop.

      • quillerm

        Why do you think that Obama wanted every American family to be Forced to sign up for ACA? Liberals are trying to criminalize speech, words and thought. They could take away your medical insurance if you failed to submit to their ideology. How about making gun owners pay an extra $1000 a month for their Premiums? That is what liberals could be planning.

    • Mark

      No truer words have been spoken.
      2 Timothy 4:3-4
      For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;
      and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

  • James Grimes

    The fact that the Mayor will not read his book does not mean that what was said in it isn’t true.

  • James Grimes

    I just ordered a copy from Amazon.

    • Neiman

      Bless you for doing more than talk!

      • James Grimes

        I like to read. This is a good way to support a brother.

    • quillerm

      Me to.

  • Hamp

    One nation “Under God” and some times it truly makes me wonder God. These are signs of the times and we have to recognize that although the Bible said it would happen we do not have to condone it. Everyone has a soul. So we pray for that. But what does it say about the state of our world when a child can get suspended for praying yet embraced for kissing his boyfriend in school. Something is really wrong here folks.You can use freedom of the press to “come out” on national TV and be acknowledged as a hero. Yet in a country founded under the belief of one true God, we are told we have to shut up about our belief in the truth. We were created to procreate therefore, anything else is against God’s order. Discrimination nowadays is at the hands of those who have the power in government and business. If I am offended as a Christian, I have to deal with it, but if someone who is part of less than 1% of the population is offended by Christians in a predominately Christian founded nation, is offended we all have to oblige. Huh? Anyway, I digress. Stay in prayer folks…it will get worse. Revelations is upon us.

  • pjwung

    I will choose God’s Word any day before the changing and weak-minded proclamations of mankind. I stand right with this honorable man unapologetically in this twisted socio-cultural morass. He is being martyred for his faith!!! God bless him and all those who have the courage of their convictions regardless of the particular moral issue involved. It is not an indictment against the personhood of the homosexual but rather a prohibition of the behaviors that follow this erroneou system of beliefs that is called into question.

    • BeWhoYouAre

      “He is being martyred for his faith!!!”

      No, he’s just saying don’t punish people for something they have about as much control over as the color of their hair or skin.

      • Gary

        It is homosexual behavior that is the issue.

  • Margaret Keith Day

    End times!! Christians are being discriminated against!! We have no rights anymore!! Schools are banning Christmas, etc, etc!! Come Lord Jesus, come!!

    • Katee Ripid

      Come Lord Jesus, show them the Eternal Truth that they be saved, Amen

    • taty

      I agree, Jesus come back soon! Yes Lord! If this is now what awaits for or children! 🙁

    • http://www.OpenAirSeattle.blogspot.com/ OpenAirSeattle

      It may be only end time in America. The Lords return maybe a ways off. Know this.

    • thoughtsfromflorida

      The sky is falling…..the sky is falling!!!!!!

  • Mike Fitch

    Liberals definition of tolerance is the same as Henry Ford’s statement about being able able to buy a model T in any color you want as long as it is black. Liberals definition of tolerance is you can believe anything you want as long as it agrees with me. This a clear act of discrimination by the mayor against Chief Cochran and an attack on his religious beliefs and Christianity. Liberals and atheists will do anything to try and attack and destroy Christianity and those who follow it.

    • quillerm

      Get active in politics and throw every democrat out of Office. Your rights depend on it.

  • Janine G

    I’m ordering his book too!!

  • http://www.OpenAirSeattle.blogspot.com/ OpenAirSeattle

    I’m going to write a book. “Homosexuality is vile”.

  • Just sayin!

    Come on Christians lets buy the book and let him retire! Would you like that better Mr. Mayor?

  • Just sayin!

    I sure am going to buy this book now cause I just had a run in at my local church when my pastor says it is okay to go to gay weddings etc. the day is coming when we won’t be able to find a decent, bible believing, righteous church to attend. I never thought I would see this in my lifetime never mind in my church!!!

  • Tbird308

    Mayor reed your a hypocrite

  • The Last Trump

    He was “surprised and disappointed” and “DEEPLY DISTURBED”!! I love the hypocrisy today. How everybody keeps pretending we didn’t JUST CHANGE the laws that stood for generations AGAINST this perverse behaviour. Like supporting traditional marriage and normalcy has just come out of nowhere, all of a sudden. Oh, you never heard of The Bible before, Mayor Reed? Give me a break! Anybody really believe for even a second Mayor Reed is encouraging his kids to be cross-dressing deviants who use the wrong restrooms? Let’s get over to his house ASAP and start handing out LGBT literature to his kids. Surprised and disappointed! DEEPLY DISTURBED! Politically correct cowards at their finest.

  • BeWhoYouAre

    I applaud the decision to suspend this bigot.

    • Gary

      The mayor is also a bigot, and is discriminating against the fire chief, even after the mayor said he will allow no discrimination of any kind in his administration.

  • BeWhoYouAre

    Saw this in my news feed earlier. Found it apropos.

    • Gary

      Everyone chooses their behavior. People choose to engage in perversion.

      • BeWhoYouAre

        Would you consider your attraction to your wife or girlfriend a “behavior”? Why then would you call anyone else’s natural attraction such a thing?

        • Gary

          Attraction is subjective and meaningless to other people without behavior. I have no way of knowing anything about the attraction of someone else without their behavior.

          • BeWhoYouAre

            When people fall in love they develop sexual attraction, that’s true of anyone whether gay or straight. You are fighting people’s right to fall in love.

          • Gary

            I don’t care who anyone loves. I do care who people have sex with. And I care even more that some people demand that I either endorse their sinful behavior, or keep silent about it.

          • BeWhoYouAre

            “I don’t care who anyone loves. I do care who people have sex with.”

            That is none of your business, and the rest of us are not bound by the rules of YOUR tyrannical religion. This is a democracy, not a theocracy.

          • Gary

            If you don’t want it to be my business, then don’t try to make me go along with it. That is what this is all about. The mayor of Atlanta wants all of the city employees to agree with homosexuality. And it isn’t just the mayor. Lots of people are trying to force the acceptance of homosexuality.

          • BeWhoYouAre

            And why on earth would you expect the government to condone faith-based messages of hate? Everything about this would fly in the face of human rights and people worldwide would be furious if they gave into hatred.

          • Gary

            Nonsense. Opposing homosexuality is MORALLY RIGHT. Supporting homosexuality is MORALLY WRONG. There is no right to homosexual behavior.

          • BeWhoYouAre

            HATE is not moral. HATE is not a family value. HATE is destructive and evil. You do NOT have the moral high ground by insisting people alter or change their natural sexuality. Shame on you.

          • Gary

            Really? God HATES homosexuality. Does that mean God is evil? In your perverted mind, it probably does. I don’t insist that anyone alter their sexual choices. If homosexuals, AND THEIR SUPPORTERS, want to go to Hell, that’s fine with me.

          • BeWhoYouAre

            Did GOD tell you that? Does he use the word “homosexuality” in the Bible? No? Then you’re completely full of it, aren’t you? You don’t get to judge people or send them to hell either, even though I know you’d like nothing more than to see people burning there. You are NOT GOD.

          • Gary

            All right. I’m going to give you this one chance. If you can prove, from the Bible, that God approves of sex between two men, or two women, I will admit that I am wrong, and from now on, I will support homosexuality by anyone who wishes to practice it. Well?????

          • BeWhoYouAre

            This is called an “argument from silence” and is a logical fallacy. You’re basically saying that because God doesn’t say he approves (since he says nothing about it) then he must DISAPPROVE. That’s dishonest and illogical. The Bible is silent on the matter. The word homosexual wasn’t even around until 1869.

          • Gary

            The Bible has some things to say about what we now call homosexuality. It is not silent on the subject. That you think it is proves either that you don’t know what the Bible says, or you are lying about it. Which is it? Are you ignorant, or a liar? Gotta be one or the other. Oh, and by the way, you blew your chance to make change my position on the subject of homosexuality. Just in case you missed that fact.

          • BeWhoYouAre

            No one’s going to change the mind of a hateful bigot. You use the words of your Bible to justify it. There are some verses there that many reasonable people think refer to male prostitution and you’ve found in that a very convenient excuse to hate gay people.

          • Gary

            The problem you have in this discussion is that everything the Bible says about homosexuality is negative. There is no denying that sex between men, or sex between women is condemned in the Bible. That condemnation is what you cannot overcome. All you can do is PRETEND that the Bible is silent on the subject. LOL.
            God requires that a man marry a woman before they can have sex that is moral in God’s sight. If God intended for a man to have sex with another man, He would have made it possible for them to marry each other first. BUT HE DIDN’T. God says marriage is heterosexual only. All marriages consist of a husband, who has to be a man, and a wife, who must be a woman. So, it is clear that your promotion of homosexuality is completely wicked. And what happens to the wicked? Do you know?

          • BeWhoYouAre

            Everything the Bible says about homosexuality is either misunderstood, outdated, or flat out wrong. Would you say someone was sinful for being born with blue eyes? That’s essentially what you’re doing with homosexuals. They CANNOT form relationships with the opposite sex, it doesn’t work. Which means the only choice you’re leaving them with is to live loveless and sexless lives if they are following the faith you follow. That is cruel, it is nasty, it is inhumane and it makes no sense. Furthermore, we know SO much more about human sexuality now that it makes no sense to live a miserable life just because a few misguided people believe it is God’s will.

          • Gary

            Everything the Bible says about homosexuality is understood well by people who are willing to accept what it says. It is not outdated, and it is not wrong. You don’t like or agree with what the Bible says, so you want to replace what the Bible says with your own ideas. You are not the first to try that. But you will suffer the same fate as those who tried it before you.

          • BeWhoYouAre

            No it isn’t. People are deeply divided on what the Bible says and means about it, there are many Christian congregations that are welcoming to gay and lesbian people. I don’t like or agree with what YOU are saying, my issue is with YOU and with bigotry. Not with the Bible.

          • Gary

            God does not accept homosexuals. Real Christians do not accept homosexuals. Real Christians believe what the Bible says. Your issue is with the Bible, and with God. You deny what is written in the Bible, and you disagree with what God has decided about homosexuals. You have a problem with me because I believe what the Bible says.

          • BeWhoYouAre

            You are not God. You do not speak for Him. Real Christians follow Christ who would love homosexuals. Your religion is not Christianity, it is hate.

          • Gary

            Jesus defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman (see Mark 10:6-8). Jesus also condemned all sex outside of marriage (adultery and fornication). See Matthew 15:19.
            Loving people, and endorsing what they do, are not the same things. Jesus loves everyone, but he does not endorse or approve, or ignore their sins. Jesus does not allow same sex marriage, and he does not allow sex outside of marriage, so that leaves no place for moral homosexuality. You can deny that and fight against it until your dying day, but you cannot change it.

          • BarkingDawg

            What are you? A peeping tom?

  • BarkingDawg

    Let’s be clear about this.

    As I understand it, he wasn’t suspended for writing the book, he was suspended for distributing it to his employees.

    I have no problem with that.

    He works for the fire department, not a church.

  • DD

    “I was surprised and disappointed to learn of this book on Friday,” he stated. “I profoundly disagree with and am deeply disturbed by the sentiments expressed in the paperback regarding the LGBT community. I will not tolerate discrimination of any kind within my administration.”
    Really? He is blatantly discriminating against Mr. Cochran’s Christian beliefs, the Word of God, and against those who engage in other forms of sexual perversion named by the author. I do not support any form of perversion but am making the point that Mayor Reed is a hypocrite like so many others in the USA who pander to homosexuals at the expense of all who don’t support their sexual proclivities.
    I wonder how long it will be before the Bible is outlawed, removed from all public libraries, book stores, sites like Amazon.com and even our homes and churches because it condemns homosexuality. I think it could be right around the corner.

  • Yelena Kashubin Shevchenko

    Freedom of speech! Don’t like a book, don’t buy or read!

    • BarkingDawg

      Well here is the exact problem.

      The chief distributed the books to his subordinates.

      Now when your boss hands you a book and tells you to read it, freedom of speech goes out the window.

      If you are a public employee and that book is a religious text, your boss has just violated the establishment clause of the first amendment.

      Get it now?
      Good.

      • Gary

        That is absurd. There is absolutely no violation of the US Constitution in this matter. If you think there is, then you have no clue what the Constitution means.

        • BarkingDawg

          A supervisor in a government job handing out religious materials to his or her employees is most definitely a violation of the establishment clause.

          • Gary

            Nonsense. You do not understand the establishment clause. Get an education. You are someone who is quite willing to lie about the US Constitution in order to try to harm Christians.

          • BarkingDawg

            5) If the particular setting above were to occur in a public corporation instead of a government agency, it very likely would still be an illegal violation of Title VII of the civil rights act of 1964. (protection against religious harassment)

          • Gary

            You are a BS specialist.

          • BarkingDawg

            That’s the best you can do?

          • BarkingDawg

            4) If the book advances a particular religious viewpoint, then by passing it out to his subordinates, the supervisor has just conducted a government action that advances a particular religious viewpoint. This is prohibited by the establishment clause

          • Gary

            Pile on more BS.

          • BarkingDawg

            So you have no real response, I take it.

          • BarkingDawg

            3) A supervisor handing out a book to his subordinates is implicitly telling them to read the book. Thus, this is an official government action.

          • Gary

            More BS.

          • BarkingDawg

            You got nothing.

          • BarkingDawg

            2) Due to the particular coercive nature of supervisor / subordinate relationships, any interaction between the supervisor and an individual subordinate is subject to interpretation as an official government action. This is even stronger for an interaction between a supervisor and multiple subordinates.

          • BarkingDawg

            1) A fire chief is a government employee. Further he is a government employee in an office of some authority. Thus any official action taken by that employee is, in fact an official government action.

          • Gary

            BS.

          • BarkingDawg

            Wow, your rebuttal is just, just, B. S.

  • lawngren

    If you are a PC minority, you have not only civil and human rights, but special privileges. If you are a Christian, a heterosexual, or a patriotic American, you have no rights and can expect to be persecuted.

    Fundamental transformation, just like the dictator of the obama regime promised.

  • The voice of Truth

    Homosexuality is a fucking mental illness!!!!

  • Tony

    Here is the thing,

    I understand that technically he was fired for not asking their relations office if it was okay to publish the book…

    But shouldn’t people who hold high ranking public offices be able to stress their beliefs?

    Shouldn’t we know what the Fire Chief holds as values? After all he is in charge of saving lives…

    According to this story, the mayor would rather have a corrupt man in office that can keep his mouth shut, then a clean man that talks openly….

    Apparently its all about the votes…