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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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