Firetrucks-flickr-jmcmichaelThe pattern is now completely predictable: Gay activists and their allies overplay their hand, and the liberal media says, “Well done! We fully support your intolerance.” Last week, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed fired Kelvin Cochran, the city’s fire chief with 30 years of service behind him. As the mayor’s statements made abundantly clear—and as we documented in the article, “The Mayor of Atlanta Declares War on Religious Freedom”—Cochran was fired because of his biblical beliefs that homosexual practice was abhorrent in God’s sight. (Cochran also spoke against fornication, with specific reference to heterosexual promiscuity, along with bestiality, pedophilia and other sexual sins.) The mayor’s actions were so egregious (in keeping with the pattern of intolerance in the name of tolerance) that Christian leaders, both national and local, gathered in Atlanta on Tuesday to protest Cochran’s dismissal. Not to be outdone, the New York Times editorial board released an opinion piece earlier the same day, defending the mayor’s actions and repeating the claim that Cochran was not fired for his beliefs but for his poor judgment. Their reasoning is as spurious as was the mayor’s, but coming from the Times, it is even more dangerous. More