‘Gay mafia’ bullying homophobic Atlanta fire chief

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Anti-gay troll Erick Erickson has taken up for Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who was suspended last week for his book that calls gays “vile” sexual perverts who dishonor God.

Erickson, editor of Red State and a host on WSB radio, tries to turn Cochran into a Christian martyr persecuted for simply expressing his religious beliefs. After all, Erickson is just trying to save the embattled fire chief from the howls of “the gay mafia.”

From his Red State post, “Atlanta’s Fire Chief Suspended For Publicly Professing Christian Beliefs”:

Chief Cochran is an evangelical Christian who has not shied away from his faith in the past. He left the Atlanta Fire Department to take a job in the Obama Administration. He returned, however, to the city he loves to head its Fire Department. But 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.

The gays, Erickson posits, are keeping Cochran from being a role model to young black men. Really.

Chief Cochran is an evangelical Christian who has not shied away from his faith in the past. He left the Atlanta Fire Department to take a job in the Obama Administration. He returned, however, to the city he loves to head its Fire Department. But 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.

Erickson closes with the ridiculous.

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.

About what you would expect from the same guy who blames “fat lesbians” for Ebola.

But Reed's communications director, Anne Torres, was having none of what Erickson was serving, dismissing his rants as false claims intending to mislead the public.

From the AJC's Political Insider:

“Erik claims that Atlanta Fire and Rescue Chief Kelvin Cochran was suspended because of his evangelical Christian beliefs. This claim could not be further from the truth. The Reed Administration suspended Chief Cochran because he exercised poor judgment and violated city policy.

“The City of Atlanta employs a diverse workforce. The Reed Administration expects all city commissioners and managers to respect every employee’s personal religious beliefs and sexual orientation. By identifying himself as the Atlanta Fire and Rescue Chief in his book, Chief Cochran disregarded the city’s anti-discrimination policies. He also failed to notify the Mayor of the book before it was published. City policy requires employees to notify their supervisor if they are publishing a book identifying themselves as City of Atlanta employees.

It is also important to note that Mayor Kasim Reed is a Christian.

“Let’s not get distracted by the issue at hand by making false claims that mislead the public.”

Reed suspended Cochran on Nov. 25 as the anti-gay passages in the fire chief's book, “Who Told You That You Were Naked,” became public and were widely reported. The month-long unpaid suspension costs Cochran about $14,333 in salary and comes as the city also investigates the book and charges that Cochran distributed it to fire department officials. Reed also said he was “disturbed” by the book.

Georgia Equality called on Reed to fire Cochran.

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