Like a scolded child, former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran keeps placing the blame for his firing on everyone but him and is ratcheting up his rhetoric to this: God made me do it.
Cochran went to church – again – to complain – again – that he's the victim, not the “perverted” gays he rants about in his book. But he's been “studying” since Mayor Kasim Reed fired him on Jan. 6. This is what he learned, according to the Augusta Chronicle:
Cochran said he studied the word “suffering” and learned there is a difference between self-inflicted suffering, which is intended to discipline, and God-inflicted suffering. The latter is what he feels he is experiencing.
“I am not going through this because of something I have done,” he said. “I am going through this because of something that (God) is doing in the body of Christ and in my life.”
Cochran's comments came Sunday to the congregation of Abilene Baptist Church in Augusta as the former chief and current darling of anti-gay religious conservatives continues his “I'm a victim tour” to rally supporters and sell copies of the book that played a role in his firing. All the while, he's proving the mayor's point that he lacks the judgment to lead the Atlanta's fire department.
Also Sunday, Cochran told worshipers at his Elizabeth Baptist Church in Atlanta that he's been preparing for this fight his entire life. (Nevermind that he published the book, “Who Told You That You Were Naked,” just 14 months ago.)
“I’ve come to realize that God has been preparing me for this storm my entire life,” he said Sunday morning at Elizabeth Baptist Church, where he’s a deacon. “He’s not done with me yet.”
Cochran also argues that he's a tool of God.
“I believe God is going to use my life to demonstrate publicly the kingdom consequences for standing on his word and standing on the values that he has embraced in his holy book, the Holy Bible,” he said.
Nope, just a tool.
And while Cochran keeps rallying the anti-gays to his corner, he's also providing fodder for headline writers everywhere. The AJC can't quite decide which header works best, going with “suffering” in the morning and revising it to something more sterile by the afternoon.