A fire chief in Atlanta has officially been fired on Tuesday by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed for self-publishing a book, in which he argued that homosexuality was immoral, GA Voice reports.
The initial review period which began at the end of fire chief Kelvin Cochran’s November suspension is now over. Cochran’s termination finally came in on Tuesday, and gay advocacy groups moved quickly to reiterate their support of the mayor and condemnation of Cochran.
“Certainly we agree with Mayor Reed’s position on this and his rationale for it,” said Georgia Equality Executive Director Jeff Graham, who called for Cochran’s firing in November.
“This is not about his religious views but his ability to lead a diverse work force,” he said. “I feel the mayor has done the right thing to ensure all employees are treated fairly.”
Back in November, Reed placed Cochran on suspension without pay and forced him into sensitivity training after it was discovered that Cochran had argued that homosexuality is immoral. Cochran self-published a book in 2013 entitled “Who Told You That You Were Naked?” which is available at Amazon, and in it, he classified homosexuality as an affront to purity: “Uncleanness — whatever is opposite of purity; including sodomy, homosexuality, lesbianism, pederasty, bestiality, all other forms of sexual perversion.”
As an Elizabeth Baptist Church member and deacon, Cochran originally wrote the book to encourage men to “fulfill their purpose as husbands, fathers, community and business leaders-world changers!”
According to the summary of the book, “From God’s perspective nakedness meant so much more. It meant condemnation and deprivation to his most precious creation-mankind.” For Cochran, redeemed men no longer need to live their lives under curse and condemnation. In other words, they no longer need to live “naked,” which gives context to another section from his book on the consequences of men not living sound lives:
“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.”
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SOURCE: Daily Caller