Mayor Kasim Reed and Today's Acceptable Terrorism
By Jim Parker
On January 6th, Atlanta mayor, Kasim Reed, fired Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran for publicly expressing his Christian views. In a short book about Biblical morality entitled Who Told You That You Were Naked? Cochran wrote the following two sentences regarding sexuality as found in the Bible:
Uncleanness — whatever is opposite of purity; including sodomy, homosexuality, lesbianism, pederasty, bestiality, all other forms of sexual perversion.Had Cochran been found guilty of discriminating against anyone on the fire department, prejudicially hiring/harassing any person under his command, or was any history of intimidation or abuse on the job revealed?
Naked men refuse to give in, so they pursue sexual fulfillment through multiple partners, with the opposite sex, the same sex, and sex outside of marriage and many other vile, vulgar and inappropriate ways which defile their body — temple and dishonor God.
He simply publicly signed his name to what the Bible says about sexuality and because of that, Mayor Reed took away Cochran's job.
The same week Cochran was fired, Islamic terrorists murdered 12 people in France because a satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, had published unflattering material regarding Islam. The staff at Charlie Hebdo lost their lives because they publicly signed their name to a belief about the free exercise of expressions and ideas.
Does anyone else see the connection between these two events besides me?
Terror by Degrees
Kelvin Cochran is just the recent casualty in the American war where Christians are targeted by militant homosexuals who will not tolerate anyone disagreeing with their sexual lifestyle. On their side are people like Mayor Reed who is most likely not a religious bigot, but in all likelihood more of a political coward who saw Cochran as a potential political liability and acted to save his own neck.
"I will not tolerate discrimination of any kind within my administration," said Reed as he religiously discriminated against Cochran and fired him because he publicly stated his Christian viewpoints on sex. Note that Cochran's comments covered pre-marital heterosexual sex as well. Would Cochran have been fired by Reed if a group of men and women living together outside of marriage had demanded his termination?
But the big picture of this is far more terrifying. In essence what Reed and other like him tell Christians is that you can't believe what you believe, state it publicly, and work here.
History has shown that the progression of such thinking begins with, "you can't believe that and work here," and then moves to "you can't believe that and live here," to lastly, "you can't believe that and live."
The latter is exactly what Islamic terrorist groups believe.
Islamic terrorists take away people's lives for their beliefs whereas Reed and others like him take away people's livelihoods for their beliefs. Both are acts of terrorism against a person's beliefs; they only differ by the degree of punishment inflicted.
The Acceptable Terrorism
While terrorist acts like those committed in France are rightly condemned in near universal fashion, the acts committed by Reed and others like him against Christians are seen as just by the anti-religious, liberal population who champion "tolerance." Why is this?
Most of the time the defense of "hate speech" comes up, however when one examines the legal definition of hate speech*, there is no indication that what Cochran wrote qualifies.
What about provable acts of discrimination? Again, no proof was brought forward to show that Cochran ever acted in such a way towards anyone on his staff.
What other reasons did Mayor Reed give for firing Cochran? Reed said, "This is about judgment. This is not about religious freedom. This is not about free speech. Judgment is the basis of the problem."
Said Mayor Reed as he judged Cochran.
Anyone exercising common sense understands why Cochran was fired, with it being yet another terroristic-styled message sent to Christians: "If we find out what you believe, and we don't approve, we will take action against you."
Not to sound too melodramatic, but how long will it take for that action to be the kind inflicted by today's Islamic terrorists and be seen as the right thing to do?
Image: Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran
* "In law, hate speech is any speech, gesture or conduct, writing, or display which is forbidden because it may incite violence or prejudicial action against or by a protected individual or group, or because it disparages or intimidates a protected individual or group." - Source
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