Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, has come to the defense of Kelvin Cochran, the Atlanta fire chief who was fired over anti-gay comments.

In a self-published book titled Who Told You That You Were Naked, Cochran described gay people as “unclean.”

(Related: Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran fired over anti-gay statements.)

Cochran is the “latest target of politically correct bullying against Bible-believing Christians,” Graham wrote in an op-ed.

“Cochran didn't discriminate against anyone, he didn't persecute anyone for homosexuality or create a hostile work environment. Instead he was persecuted and denied his career because of his privately held religious beliefs. This is true discrimination.”

(One could argue against both of those points since Cochran distributed his book to co-workers.)

“The LGBT community wants us to be afraid of expressing our Christian beliefs. They want us to cower in the face of their threats to the livelihoods of believers. But we shouldn't back down! Cochran said, 'I'm not discouraged and I'm not downtrodden,' he said. 'This is a God thing and He's going to do great things and He will vindicate me publicly.'”

(Related: Franklin Graham prepared to have his head “chopped off” for opposing gay rights.)