Fire Cheif Fired for the Mentioning the Bible


A few weeks ago, Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Chief Kelvin Cochran was suspended for a month without pay for the unforgivable sin of self-publishing a Christian book in which he expressed his disapproving views about homosexual behavior, among other things.

“We understand that (Cochran) was distributing the book to other employees. We are still not sure yet what the circumstances surrounding that are. … The bottom line is that the (Mayor Kasim) Reed administration does not tolerate discrimination of any kind.” City spokeswoman Anne Torres said.

Mayor Reed’s office released an investigative report Tuesday from the city’s Law Department into the publication of the book by now-former Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran.

Also on Tuesday, supporters of the former chief, bolstered by evangelist Franklin Graham, gathered at the Georgia State Capitol for a rally in support of Cochran.

Cochran was fired by Reed last week after being suspended in November over Cochran’s comments in the Christian book, Who Told You That You Were Naked, which characterized homosexuality as “unclean”, “a sexual perversion”, “vulgar” and “inappropriate.”