Jan 172015
 
Kelvin Cochran, Former Atlanta Fire Chief

Kelvin Cochran, Former Atlanta Fire Chief

The story is based on a recent action by the City of Atlanta in which they fired Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran for the publication of a religiously themed book, and how it was distributed within the department. The book included some pretty strong anti-gay comments, so of course the main characters in anti-gay, inc. are all grifting on Cochran’s martyrdom. I’d like to offer some reminders to these staunch defenders of “free speech.”

Let’s lay out the facts of the case (and not the overwrought screeching of the ‘phobes). First, as part of taking an executive level job with the City, Mr. Cochran had to agree to and sign a work agreement. One requirement imposed by the work agreement was that Cochran (like anyone else in a similar position) had to get the City’s permission for anything he might publish. This is not at all unusual. Cochran didn’t bother to get this approval.

The grifters have tried to make the claim it was all innocent, as the book was written for a bible study group in his church (in one explanation), or, was just given to a couple of friends who asked for it. Actually, it was given out by Cochran to several of his subordinates in the fire department. Let me remind you, he was the Chief, therefore had direct influence over the employment status of these people. This just isn’t acceptable in any work environment, let alone in the public sector. Continue reading »

Family Group Hates Anti-Bullying Campaigns

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May 012013
 

Bob Kellogg, a reported for the SPLC designated hate group, American Family Association, has published an article about Laurie Higgins campaign against GLSEN’s anti-bullying campaign. Every expert says that to have an impact, these initiatives have to name the kinds bullying one wants to stop, but God’s gentle person, Laurie, doesn’t want LGBT students mentioned as targets. I can only assume that means, since she has no training or expertise in the topic, that she wants to reserve the right to bully LGBT students.

Higgins is a “cultural analyst” with the fiercely anti-gay Illinois Family Institute. So what’s got Higgins’ panties all in a  wad this time? The article reports that an Illinois House Committee has approved a resolution supporting the National Day of Silence. National Day of Silence is an effort to call to students’ attention the issue of bullying, particularly as relates to LGBT student.If passed into law, lawmakers will be urged to approve strong anti-bullying laws and policies that prohibit name-calling, harassment, bullying, violence and discrimination against LGBT students and school staff.

How full of hate must a person’s heart be to oppose something like that? Well, here’s how Higgins describes her beliefs:”What they really want to do is they want to end the bullying by persuading people that homosexual acts are morally neutral or morally positive,” Higgens warns. “That’s their end gain.”

So let’s take a look at just who this person is. First off, prior to this gig, she was a high school English teacher. Now I have all the respect in the world for high school English teachers, but that doesn’t, alone, qualify one as the final word on cultural issues, and the one’s I know would be insulted to be lumped into the same group as a person who hates as virulently as Laurie does. Don’t believe she hates gay people? Well, just check her GLAADCAP Profile, where she’s said such things as:

  • Equates defeating “evil” LGBT rights movement with defeating slavery and Naziism;
  • Says people must speak out against “deviant” gays;
  • Insists marriage equality will lead to incestuous and polygamous marriage;
  • Once compared the silence of church leaders on homosexuality to the silence in the face of Nazism;
  • Compares measures designed to prevent LGBT bullying to theoretical proposals that would protect promiscuous girls, incestuous couples, or polyamorists.

I could go on, but I think you get the picture of the kind of small hate-filled world Laurie Higgins has created for herself. She’s entitled to live in whatever state she chooses, but in this case, she wants to force her world of hate on the rest of us. Another of those who give we Christians a bad name.