Chief Fired Over Christian Book Calling Homosexuality ‘Perversion’ Files Discrimination Complaint

CochranATLANTA — The Atlanta fire chief who was fired earlier this month over a book that he published containing brief remarks decrying homosexual behavior and other forms of sexual perversion has filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission.

As previously reported, Chief Kelvin Cochran was suspended for one month beginning in late November and was placed under investigation as to whether he violated city policy or engaged in discrimination by publishing the book “Who Told You That You Were Naked?”, which was compiled as a result of a number of lesson plans that he had prepared over time for men’s Bible study groups.

The book, available on Amazon, 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.”

While “Who Told You That You Were Naked” was published in 2013, it was reportedly not until last November 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.” The text was included on just one page out of the entire 160-plus page book, which does not center on homosexuality.

Following the receipt of a complaint over the quote, Mayor Kasim Reed placed Cochran on a one-month suspension while an investigation went forward. Shortly after he returned to work, Reed decided to terminate the fire chief over the publication. He alleged at a press conference shortly after the beginning of the new year that his decision had nothing to do with freedom or speech or religion, stating that Cochran was fired because he had not obtained approval from officials to publish the book. Reed also stated that he thought the chief could present legal liabilities for the city.

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But Cochran said the he indeed did seek out the ethics officer prior to publishing the book, and not only was he granted permission to proceed, but he was also allowed to include in his biography that he served as the fire chief of Atlanta. He said that he gave a copy of the publication to Reed in January 2014—nearly a year before the controversy erupted—and was told by the mayor that he would read it.

On Wednesday, Cochran filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, alleging a violation of Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act.

“The book expresses my deeply held religious convictions on many subjects,” the complaint reads. “I believe that I have been discriminated against because of my religion—Christian.”

“Upon return from my suspension, I was informed … that the investigation revealed zero instances of discrimination by me against any other employee of the city,” it outlines. “[My firing instead] arose due to the content of my book and the fact that I attempted to conduct myself in accordance with my religious convictions at all times, even when I’m at work.”

Cochran also says that he was “informed that since my faith influenced my leadership style, as well as other issues concerning my book, I was given a choice to resign or be terminated.”

The city refutes the complaint and states that the allegations are false.

“What he was actually told was that his distribution of a book about his beliefs within his department had caused his employees to question his ability to continue to lead a diverse workforce,” Jenna Garland, spokeswoman for Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed, told the Washington Post on Friday.

Cochran serves as a deacon at Elizabeth Baptist Church in Atlanta.

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  • Gary

    I don’t know if the courts today will administer justice. They don’t have a good record of that lately. But there is a Righteous Judge who will administer justice to all concerned in time. Mayor Reed should be in great fear of his appearing before that Judge who is holy and righteous, and knows exactly what has happened in this case.

  • James Grimes

    When everything is said and done, he will be laughing all the way to the bank.

    • dark477

      Or far morel likely to the unemployment line. He was fired for violating the rules of his employer not because of his religion.

      • James Grimes

        Wow, another Atheist joke. Pretty bad one at that.

        • dark477

          What are you gonna do if he loses? Which he almost certainly will.

        • James Grimes

          The Atheist wants me to take him seriously. Silly man.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Secularism mocks God’s Word, reverses morality and even normality, and oppresses human conscience. How can the Christians obtain liberty in today’s America, the nation which Christians created for Christians to live happily? It’s unthinkable one should be forced to acknowledge or exercise such immorality even in a pagan civilization, but that’s what’s happening in today’s secular West.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    America is still being bored, that’s why it oppresses true Christians in the land.

  • SundayWorshipistheMARK

    Paul declares that because some choose to worship the creature more than the Creator of those creatures, God steps away from them. It says in Romans 1:25-27, “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature
    more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave
    them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men,leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which
    is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was

    Jesus also said in Luke 17:26-30, “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank,
    they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus
    shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.”

    It is plainly stated in the Word of course that when Jesus returns He will destroy all the
    homosexuals along with those in agreement with them when He splits the eastern
    sky. As every Christian that trusts the Bible knows, in Lot’s day they had a major
    problem with homosexuality. In fact, the term “Sodomy” comes from the name for the city of “Sodom.”

    Prophecy is clear, the homosexual will once again grow in number and many will accept them as completely normal. In fact, many so called Christian churches of
    today not only have homosexual pastors in them now, they actually sanction and
    marry homosexuals in their churches before the eyes of God. Plus, there are laws
    passed in many countries the world over now where opening a Bible to help a homosexual see his or her sinful ways is considered a crime punishable by 5 years in jail or a $5000.00 fine, or both! Canada was one of the first nations to do this in September of 2003. Look at the Vatican as well. They have the largest known organized group of homosexual men on the planet that stand as priests, of which over 1 billion Catholics still believe are holy and sanctified men. Worse yet, these men have become so evil that they have surpassed the wickedness of even the homosexuals themselves in that these men prefer the flesh of little children in their bedrooms! A sobering judgment upon the parents that ignore the sins of those priests. Even heads of State are stepping out of the closet to claim homosexuality to be normal in many
    nations, including the USA. Barney Frank, a US Congressman is one prime example
    who was just married to his lover Jim Ready on July 7, 2012. If you Google the
    Congressman’s name they actually document his spouse as Jim Ready as if it’s
    completely normal and acceptable. And to top this off, Barack Obama has declared, as president of the United States no less; that homosexual marriage should and will be sanctioned. And as we all know, the USA has always been the trailblazer every other nation yearns to emulate. That being the case, this prophecy has been boldly fulfilled before the eyes of every soul on earth! Jesus said it would as the days of Lot, and that day is here right now. In fact, like Lot, many Christians are vexed daily because of all this.

  • JuneV26

    This Fire Chief did nothing wrong. He has a right to write whatever he wants on whatever topic he wishes to cover. We have to stop this nonsense; everytime a conservative voices an opinion, liberals jump down their throats as if they’re saying something that’s off the wall! We only speak the Truth, which was always good for us and for society, until the liberals decided that it wasn’t! Let’s get back to moral ethics and live the Truth!

  • But how many Christians show him support by actually buying his book? It is well written and an easy read and good for a group study. It would also be nice if others would use the “Report Abuse” button on some of the one star, hate filled comments.