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Imagine that a fire chief self-published a book making the case for gay marriage, and pleading for greater acceptance of homosexual relationships.

Is it conceivable the mayor would fire the long-time public servant for potentially offending some members of his department and citizens of the city?

That’s the right question to ask and answer regarding the recent controversy in Atlanta, where Mayor Kasim Reed terminated Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran for penning a Christian book that describes certain homosexual acts as “vile, vulgar and inappropriate.”

A city investigation cleared the chief of any discrimination against gay members of his department, but his 30-year career came to an end because he didn’t secure prior approval for his book. A fierce court battle will ensue, but the ugly stench of double-standards remains: our leaders show far more tolerance for politically correct pronouncements than for expressions that reflect long-established tenets of faith-based traditionalism.

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  1. Tom  •  Jan 13, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    is intolerance only for those who are gay, liberals, Muslims,atheist and Jew haters? Christians can’t be intolerant? THINK ABOUT THAT???????

    • Dave  •  Jan 14, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Huh? What’s your point? Anybody can be intolerant. But the left gets away with it and the right gets called out on it. There lies the double standard.

  2. Daniel Yoxtheimer  •  Jan 20, 2015 at 1:58 am

    So this guy pens a book on his issues about homosexuality and his intolerance towards such people and homosexual acts. So who should our “leaders” political or otherwise fall on the side of? This guy has every right to write a book about how he feels about gays just as anyone has a right to advocate or criticize it. Why is it a good thing that we as a society condone hatred of a group of people anyway because of their sexual orientation? It is inevitable that right wing Christians and conservative groups overall will continue to be the architect’s of their own undoing. You can’t blame society for calling out bigotry where it raises it’s ugly head. Just like Mr.Medved can’t blame me for calling him a douche bag, he just happens to be one!

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