Skip to comments.Sports Commentator Fired Over Past Remarks That Homosexuals Will ‘Answer to the Lord for Actions’
Posted on 09/13/2013 5:52:07 PM PDT by virtuous
DALLAS After only a week on the job, a former NFL star and ESPN commentator was fired from his new position at FOX Sports Southwest this week after video footage surfaced of comments he made last year expressing that homosexuals will have to answer to the Lord for their actions.
Craig James played for the New England Patriots in the 1980′s and later became a sportscaster for ESPN. In 2011, he decided to run for the U.S. Senate, and participated in a number of debates, including the 2012 event that recently cost him his job.
During the debate, Craig was asked about his views on homosexuality and same-sex marriage. As a Christian, he responded that he could not support unBiblical behavior, and neither should any other civil leader.
I think that this country, our moral fiber is sliding down a slope that is going to be hard to stop if we dont stand upthe leaders who dont go ride in gay parades, he said. I can assure you, I will never ride in a gay parade. Our kids out there People need to see examples. Im a guy who believes in [the union of] a man and a woman, [and] the greatest government is occurring in a home at night between a husband and wife, Adam and Eve, and what the Bible says.
Craig was then asked if he believes men and women choose to be homosexual.
I think its a choice; I do, he replied. Same-sex marriage, if someone chooses to do that, thats them. And Gods going to judge each one of us in this room for our actions. And in that case right there, theyre going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions.
We should not give benefits to those civil unions, James continued. We have to stay strong on this. This is important, man. Ill tell you what, we have a fiscal issue in this country, [but] we also have a moral issue in this country, and as Christians, weve got to stand up.
His response then drew applause from the crowd, but not so much when FOX officials saw the footage.
We just asked ourselves how Craigs statements would play in our human resources department, an unnamed FOX representative told reporters. He couldnt say those things here.
Craig James will not be making any further appearances on FOX Sports Southwests football coverage this season, they advised.
Reaction to James firing has largely been negative.
How sad that these sports networks claiming they are about diversity and openness completely shun the conservative or Christian view. This is absolutely wrong and spits in the face of what you claim to be, one commenter wrote. [FOX is] not open-minded or accepting of others opinions or beliefs, which makes you the hypocrite. The sad thing is that many of Mr. James fellow announcers feel as he and the majority of America does, but are not brave enough to stand for whats right for fear of retribution or losing their job as Craig did.
Shame on you FOX Sports, they said. God bless you, Mr. James. Its good to see someone stand for their beliefs.
“ts terrible and frightening how Christians are being persecuted for standing against unbiblical behavior and for speaking up for biblical morals”
James McDonald (Walk in The Word) talks about that very subject in today’s broadcast:
Fox is for fags.
Silly commentator! Diversity is for the intolerant. : )
Screw this whiney POS...and now let'm 'eat cake'!
Plenty of reasons for folks to not like the dude. Pandering to the Christian right didn’t do him much good when he ran for office.
fired for telling the truth!!!
Not just homosexuals! As a matter of fact, we all will face a judgement day. That what the parables of the wheat and chaff, sheep and goats, good and bad fish, and more, are about. Those who believe in Jesus now will be accepted by Him then, on judgement day. The others, well .......
Religious views are not tolerated by today’s media.
Let the purges begin.
Everyone will answer for their actions - why would homosexuals be exempt?
Mr. James, if he wishes, needs to find an attorney, and subsequently become a major stockholder when he wins.
I fail to see how his remark could be considered controversial. We ALL will have to answer to our God for our actions. If you don’t believe in any God, then you don’t worry about it (you’ll find out if you were right all too soon). If you don’t believe that your God would disapprove of your actions, you have nothing to fear, unless you are wrong. Only if you do believe that God might disapprove of your actions, and you have gone ahead and done them anyway, do you need to reconsider what you have done. That is the very definition of sin; and is a common condition of mankind.
Diversity is where nations go to die.
First of all FOX Southwest should not have hired the guy in first place because he is jerk. This is, however, not a good reason to fire him, and if this is the true reason the network can go to hell. Secondly, FOX News and FOX Business have a conservative leaning only because a void for such programming exists. FOX Entertainment puts out some of the most liberal and disgusting garbage on the air. It is all about making money, and there is really nothing conservative about the network.
This consumer won't be tuning in to any Fox channel anytime soon.
If you don't believe me, consider this: I haven't listened to a CBS Radio affiliate since Don Imus was fired back in 2007. I have a long memory.
It is way past time that someone answer the “gay” question by describing exactly what being gay means, sexually.
The parts just don’t fit and if they aren’t inserting strange and foreign objects into the most intimate of places they are engaging in the most unhealthy behavior that can occur between any two animals. The GAY LIFESTYLE means that one must consider sex to be the stimulation of excretory organs and orifices while ingesting and wallowing in fecal matter.
Now, that’s what being gay means and it’s time people stop hiding from their abhorrent lifestyle where they eat and root in literal poop.
So, think anyone will have the guts for this conversation?
but but but a liberatarian told me the other day they’re for homosexual marriage and why should us conservatives bother about what they do.Why should we force our opinions and morals on them , of course ignoring how people are now being sued , boycotted by the homostapo.
liberatarians tell us about freedom and homosexual rights and then ignore how the first amendment is being attacked by those groups they defend and promote.
We love in one messed up world.
Our entire nation is in severe need of a spiritual Third Awakening.
Craig James is an ass though. Expected his son to get preferential treatment at Texas Tech and had a fit when it didn’t happen.
You mean he didn’t get fired for killing five hookers? ;)
...unless they are Islamic or unbiblically liberal.
Whatever you think of Craig James, it would seem that he has a great case for a lawsuit here. What he said was not in the context of a sports broadcaster and there is nothing to suggest that his views on the subject would come up during a sports broadcast.
He’s not being fired for what he said as an ESPN or Fox broadcaster and he’s not being fired for any type of illegal activity. He was engaged in a political debate discussing a political topic.
I’m also guessing that if you dug deep enough into the vaults of Terry Bradshaw interviews over the years, you would find comments that would today be viewed as “homophobic” or “anti-gay”. But Bradshaw still has a job with Fox.
The real issue, of course, is that someone in the homosexual community chose to bring up these comments to Fox because they found them “hateful” and demanded a response. Fox had already found James suitable as a football commentator because they hired him for such. It would have done no good for James to argue he was being misquoted.
Fox hired James to do a job and they are not arguing he did his job poorly or not up to the network’s standards. Rather, they are firing him solely on the reaction to what he said in a political discussion not carried by the sports network.
I think James has a case but one would have to know what conduct clauses were in his contract and whether he signed it before or after he became a candidate for the U.S. Senate. For all we know, they may have fired him because they didn’t know he was a (gasp!) Republican.
James should sue.
Meanwhile, KO has a gig on ESPN and everything is just fine.