Having firmly come out in favor of Charlie Hebdo‘s right to poke fun, sometimes quite maliciously, at the world’s major religions, it seems editors of the New York Times won’t extend the right of Americans to hold certain religious views and stay gainfully employed.

Kelvin Cochran, the former chief of the Atlanta fire department, was fired for his sincere Christian convictions, which he was foolish enough to publish in a book. He holds the suddenly unfashionable views that sex should only be in the context of an exclusive marriage comprised by one man and one woman. The Times does not accuse him of discrimination, stating clearly: “It should not matter that the investigation found no evidence that Mr. Cochran mistreated gays or lesbians. His position as a high-level public servant makes his remarks especially problematic, and requires that he be held to a different public standard.”

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