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"His [Recently fired, Atlanta Fire Chief Cochran] position as a high-level public servant makes his remarks especially problematic, and requires that he be held to a different standard."
Whose higher standard is the New York Times referring to? Where is the requirement officially stating, "all high level public servants are required to live under the federal or state standard [insert standard] which states, 'anyone in a public position is barred from expressing publicly or privately his/her private religious views in any form of media whatsoever'" or something legal to that effect. I am open to receiving a copy of this legalese. Please send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
What I see happening is the seeds of totalitarianism. Wikipedia defines totalitarianism in the following way:
Totalitarianism is a concept used by some political scientists in which the state holds total authority over the society and seeks to control all aspects of public and private life wherever possible.
Websters defines totalitarianism as:
1) Centralized control by an autocratic authority
2) The political concept that the citizen should be totally subject to an absolute state authority
In either definition the state has final authority and control over the lives of its subjects. All informed Americans know the Constitution defines freedom of speech for all Americans. There are no strings attached. Allowing a "Kangaroo Court" to use Fire Chief Cochran as a whipping boy to enforce their authority and promote the sexual perversions of the culture is flat out wrong. It's things like this that if allowed to coalesce will run the risk of any public servant being gagged from professing his faith or private convictions to another. It is also a stepping stone to further attacks on Christian churches and Christians in the public workforce if they are found not kowtowing to the oppressive opinions of the state. If that is not totalitarianism I do not know what is.
The New York Times is wrong in their assessment of Fire Chief Cochran. I am asking people all over to lift up prayer to the Lord on behalf of him and any other believer who may be under fire for their cherished faith. We must not allow this type of aggressive behavior to continue.