Atlanta fire chief fired over controversial book

FireRescue1 Staff

ATLANTA — The mayor of Atlanta fired its fire chief today after he published a controversial book.

WSBtv reported that Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Chief Kelvin Cochran was suspended in November after publishing a faith-based book. In the book, Cochran identifies himself as Atlanta’s fire chief and says his first priority is to run the department "to cultivate its culture to the glory of God."

He also wrote about his critical views of homosexuality, at one point equating it to bestiality, according to the report.

City officials said Cochran violated city policy by publishing a book without permission.

Mayor Kasim Reed said Cochran continued to speak out during his suspension and put the city on shaky legal ground. Today was Chief Cochran's first day back at work following the suspension.

Several members of the Christian community have come out in support of Chief Cochran. Among those was the Georgia Baptist Convention that circulated a petition demanding Reed apologize to Chief Cochran, give him back pay and "acknowledge his First Amendment rights," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Chief Cochran served as the U.S. Fire Administrator in the Obama administration for nine months between 2009 and 2010. He is also the former fire chief of Shreveport, La.

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  1. From watching his video comments, I’m not sure that sensitivity training was strong enough. He still seems to voice his beliefs and do it fairly well. And he makes a good point about hate speech. Since the Bible also advises against stealing, adultery, taking bribes, slavery or kidnapping people for slavery, becoming unnecessarily indebted and eating pork, does that mean that Mr. Dalton is also incapable of supervising employees who have done those things without hating them?

    The issues of pederasty, and bestiality have long been sore spots in debating homosexual practice and I can understand why some one in a gay-sex relationship would be offended by bringing that up. In ancient Greece sexual practice ranged from intense, wide spread hedonistic homosexuality in the Beotian city states to widespread more casual gay-sex and bisexuality in Athenian areas to avoidance of homosexuality in the Ionian city states. Plato wrote of bestiality among the Beotians in his famous discourse on forming civil societies (The Laws) and he tried to treat it gently by asking whether the practioners had a sincere commitment to the practice or only did it in jest. In Athenian cultures he wrote of his concern for young boys, and Cithara boys and how public feasts were a place of risk for them (from sexual assault) but he also wrote of how they were a place where young boys can learn a lot of important lessons about life from other men. Plato lamented the normalization of gay sex and claimed they would be much more effective without it, but failed to specify why he thought so. In Ionian culture they viewed homosexuality as an aberration to be avoided. The Ionian areas went on to spawn the Hellenistic culture where the scientific method and ‘logos” was valued more than “mythos” as a way of seeing the world. It was the beginning of modern culture and many early advancements in science and reason were made in these areas. There still rages a lot of debate among the gay community whether Alexander the Great, an Athenian who took the Ionian approach and spread it to the rest of the known world, whether Alexander had in fact had practiced bisexuality on the side, despite his reputation for avoiding homosexuality and for courting women as equals and pursuing them respectfully despite his power.

    So this is not a new debate and it is not one that will likely go away soon. The roots of Judeo-Christian religions began in Ionian areas of the world and no matter what you do to them there are still a lot of them around the world. If you believe the Gallup poll of 121 thousand Americans or similar results from NIMH, you might conclude that about 9 million Americans alive today will or have simply grown out of homosexuality and moved on to something else. Have become “ex-gays.” In the late 50’s Kinsey found that about 8 percent of young college males had homosexual experiences but only 1 percent of women in that age group did. Nowadays we have different roles and social trends. Those males,now over 65 only rarely identify as gay (less than 1.9 percent). In today’s cultural climate, young men are less likely to identify as gay according to Gallup (4.6 percent) but now 8.3 percent of young women self-identify as gay until they reach 29. After 29 the number drops back precipitously. So, in modern times there are millions of Americans who decided it’s not genetic and it’s not for them, regardless of their religion, and based on their experiences, no amount of sensitivity training is likely to reprogram their thoughts, feelings and memories on the subject.

    Some have written that the movement to normalize gay-sex relationships in the late 30’s and 40’s was undermined by stories of sexual abuse of minors. Again the issue with associating gay pedophiles and pederasty with homosexuality and why it’s a sensitive subject.
    Here’s hoping the Atlanta Fire Chief lands on his feet. He’s probably not the last one who will get mashed in the clash between the belief system of political correctness and the beliefs of those in Judeo-Christian faiths.

  2. He was fired for being a Christian – that’s all. We are not allowed to speak without being censored. His main fault was quoting the Bible. That will get you in trouble every time. To my home-town people I say: When you elect people like Mr. Kasim Reed you get what you elect. However, since Atlanta is a Liberal bastion in a Conservative/Middle state this will continue. The AJC seems to wonder why their circulation is declining I think it’s because they kowtow to liberals. We just ask that you be fair and truthful But I don’t think that will happen any time soon. I give you Mr. Luckovich as evidence.

  3. The old saw about “Caesar’s wife” applies here. When you are a public service employee you have to avoid any appearance of impropriety. It goes with the job. So, especially in Atlanta, he should have known better than to publicize his bigotry.

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