Supporters of ousted Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran packed Georgia’s Capitol Rotunda to protest what they consider unjust persecution he has suffered for expressing his religious beliefs.
Mayor Kasim Reed suspended and then fired Cochran after learning he had self-published a book, Who Told You That You Were Naked?, that characterized homosexuality as a perversion.
At Tuesday’s rally, Cochran said his termination sent a message to Bible-believing Christians that “you’d better keep your mouth shut or you’ll be fired.’’
Cochran said he was given approval to publish his book by the city’s ethics officer, but Mayor Reed has said the officer never granted the approval. Reed said Cochran was fired for “poor judgement,” not for his faith, and for leaving the city vulnerable to discrimination lawsuits.
Cochran countered by telling supporters he did not discriminate against demographic, including homosexuals.