After serving a one-month suspension for writing a book expressing sex outside marriage (including homosexuality) as sinful, Chief Cochran faced the wrath of homosexual activists and Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed and was publicly chastised and summarily fired from his position.
Apparently Chief Cochran referenced homosexuality on less than half a page in his 160-page book.
"When you're a city employee, and [your] thoughts, beliefs and opinions are different from the city's, you have to check them at the door." – Councilman Alex Wan
How did we reach the point where someone's job can be terminated because of his beliefs? On the contrary, it is someone's belief system that makes them the very person we want in that job. It is one's principles that measure the quality of an individual.
It is not one's beliefs that should bring about firing, but one's actions. If Chief Cochran were found to be treating his firemen differently on the basis of their views on marriage, then he could be taken to task for that. But to hold certain beliefs, to express them in one's writings, does not disqualify someone for a job. And should never result in being fired.
Tolerance is the quality that is deemed so very important in today's society. But that tolerance does not tolerate deviations from what is now "politically correct".
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