After spending months trash talking his former employer to any media outlet that would listen, former Atlanta Fire Chief and antigay activist Kelvin Cochran says he now “absolutely” wants his job back.
“In the United States of America, Americans should not have to choose between keeping your job and living out your faith,” Cochran told The Daily Signal. “And that’s the position the city of Atlanta actually has taken — that I have to have a choice to live out my faith or to keep my job.”
Cochran was terminated late last year after it was revealed that his self-publishing a book, Who Told You That You Were Naked?, termed homosexuality “vile,” “vulgar,” and “inappropriate,” comparing it to bestiality. He was initially suspended and eventually fired. (The city requires employees to obtain written approval before publishing a book, which officials say Cochran failed to do.) The good folk of Atlanta wondered whether he could serve the LGBT constituency fairly as chief with such extreme and bizarre views.
“Many Christian men struggle with issues of sexual sin and sexuality, and so I spoke to that in the book — why God created sex and that God’s purpose for sex was for procreation, and to do it his way it has to be done in holy matrimony,” Cochran explained to The Daily Signal. “That led to the controversy.”
That and the fact that, after he was exposed for being a homophobe, Cochran went on a media tour to slander Atlanta’s mayor, participated in a “religious freedom” rally alongside Tony Perkins and the right-wing Research Council outside the Georgia state capitol, and gave a speech in which he compared himself to Jesus H. Christ. Oh, and he filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Atlanta, claiming he was wrongfully terminated.
“In the United States of America, we are guaranteed the freedom to live without fear of being terminated or experiencing any adverse action for the free expression of our beliefs and thoughts,” Cochran said. “It was an injustice against me on that basis.”