Bullying Brother - Mr. Reed's religious beliefs results in the firing of Chief Chochran
The firing of Atlanta's fire chief because of his religious views makes me think that the United States is more like Iran or Russia. The New York Times reports:
At a news conference, Mr. Reed said that Mr. Cochran’s “personal religious beliefs are not the issue.” But Atlanta’s nondiscrimination policy, the mayor added, is “nonnegotiable.”
“Despite my respect for Chief Cochran’s service, I believe his actions and decision-making undermine his ability to effectively manage a large, diverse work force,” Mr. Reed said. “Every single employee under the fire chief’s command deserves the certainty that he or she is a valued member of the team and that fairness and respect guide employment decisions.”Perhaps it has not dawned on people that everybody has beliefs. These beliefs are informed by many different sources, but in the end they amount to the same thing: A system of belief by which a person lives their life. Mr. Reed insists that Chief Cochran cannot lead a diverse work force because of his beliefs and the risk of discrimination, but Mr. Reed who is responsible for an even greater diverse workforce is discriminating against Chief Cochran due to his own beliefs. The difference between Mr. Reed's religion and Chief Cochran's is that Mr. Reed actually discriminates, but Chief Cochran does not. In Cochran's 34 years of service the city's investigation did not reveal any evidence of discrimination:
Mr. Cochran held his own news conference Tuesday. He said that the city’s investigation found that he had not acted in a discriminatory way toward gay people, and said that he had asked for, and received, permission from the proper bureaucratic channels to write the book — an assertion Mr. Reed’s office disputes.Mr. Cochran's sin is that he holds to the typical Evangelical Christian view on sexuality which he expressed in a book.
Mr. Cochran’s book, “Who Told You That You Were Naked?” counts homosexual acts among a number of “vile, vulgar and inappropriate” activities that serve to “dishonor God,” according to excerpts obtained by the local gay news media and activists.And what were the excerpts (of the 160 page book) that caused the Thought Police so much concern. Fox News reports:
“Uncleanness – whatever is opposite of purity; including sodomy, homosexuality, lesbianism, pederasty, bestiality, all other forms of sexual perversion.”
“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.”Most Christian's would recognize the words that Mr. Cochran used in his book as a paraphrase of the Bible's teaching on sexuality. Is the Bible now to be considered hate speech? Does that mean no Christian's can work for the government? Non-discrimination seems to only apply to LGBT rights, while all other rights are trampled on. It is a little bit ironic that the LGBT community who are supposed to be champions of tolerance, acceptance, and anti-bullying are the ones bullying and discriminating against anybody who commits a thoughtcrime, all in the name of their religion of Erotic Sex.