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Sports Commentator Fired Over Past Remarks That Homosexuals Will ‘Answer to the Lord for Actions’
Christian News ^ | September 13, 2013 | Heather Clark

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 don’t stand up–the leaders who don’t 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. I’m 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 it’s a choice; I do,” he replied. “Same-sex marriage, if someone chooses to do that, that’s them. And God’s going to judge each one of us in this room for our actions. And in that case right there, they’re 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. I’ll tell you what, we have a fiscal issue in this country, [but] we also have a moral issue in this country, and as Christians, we’ve 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 Craig’s statements would play in our human resources department,” an unnamed FOX representative told reporters. “He couldn’t say those things here.”

“Craig James will not be making any further appearances on FOX Sports Southwest’s 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 other’s 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 what’s right for fear of retribution or losing their job as Craig did.”

“Shame on you FOX Sports,” they said. “God bless you, Mr. James. It’s good to see someone stand for their beliefs.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fox; homosexualagenda; homosexuals; moralabsolutes; sports
It’s terrible and frightening how Christians are being persecuted for standing against unbiblical behavior and for speaking up for biblical morals, even by the likes of Fox News, which is supposedly 'conservative'.
1 posted on 09/13/2013 5:52:07 PM PDT by virtuous
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To: virtuous

“t’s 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:

http://www.jamesmacdonald.com/ministries/walk-in-the-word/broadcast/


2 posted on 09/13/2013 5:56:33 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Just wanted to say I hope you great NSA folks are enjoying my posts here.)
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To: virtuous

Fox is for fags.


3 posted on 09/13/2013 5:57:02 PM PDT by Third Person (Welcome to Gaymerica.)
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To: virtuous

Silly commentator! Diversity is for the intolerant. : )


4 posted on 09/13/2013 6:02:25 PM PDT by KStorm (Mere geographical location is what makes some people Americans.)
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To: virtuous
My, my...Craig is the clown who managed to get Mike Leach fired from Texas Tech because Leach mistreated Craig's boy on the Tech football team.

Screw this whiney POS...and now let'm 'eat cake'!

5 posted on 09/13/2013 6:02:27 PM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: virtuous

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.


6 posted on 09/13/2013 6:05:22 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: virtuous

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 .......


7 posted on 09/13/2013 6:08:12 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: virtuous

Religious views are not tolerated by today’s media.


8 posted on 09/13/2013 6:12:04 PM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: virtuous

Let the purges begin.


9 posted on 09/13/2013 6:13:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: virtuous

Everyone will answer for their actions - why would homosexuals be exempt?


10 posted on 09/13/2013 6:15:24 PM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: virtuous
Alas, Brave New Babylon

(link to the Free Republic thread)


11 posted on 09/13/2013 6:17:43 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

12 posted on 09/13/2013 6:21:50 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: virtuous
Mr. James was fired for expressing his religious beliefs. If that network's consistent standard were to ban the expression of all religious beliefs, then Mr. James would not have a slam-dunk lawsuit. However, if they tolerate expressions of approval for homosexual behavior, which they do, then they must permit disapproval, too.

Mr. James, if he wishes, needs to find an attorney, and subsequently become a major stockholder when he wins.

13 posted on 09/13/2013 6:21:59 PM PDT by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God IS, and (2) God IS GOOD?)
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To: virtuous

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.


14 posted on 09/13/2013 6:24:05 PM PDT by VietVet (I am old enough to know who I am and what I believe, and I 'm not inclined to apologize for any of)
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To: KStorm

Diversity is where nations go to die.


15 posted on 09/13/2013 6:24:35 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: virtuous

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.


16 posted on 09/13/2013 6:28:34 PM PDT by Jay Redhawk (Oh Crap!)
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To: virtuous
Note to advertisers:

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.

17 posted on 09/13/2013 6:45:36 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: All

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?


18 posted on 09/13/2013 6:52:19 PM PDT by JerseyDvl (Cogito Ergo Doleo Soetoro, ABO and of course FUBO!)
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To: virtuous

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.


19 posted on 09/13/2013 7:02:23 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Venturer

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.


20 posted on 09/13/2013 7:04:40 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: virtuous

Our entire nation is in severe need of a spiritual Third Awakening.


21 posted on 09/13/2013 7:08:12 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: virtuous

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.


22 posted on 09/13/2013 7:47:18 PM PDT by sunrise_sunset
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To: sunrise_sunset

You mean he didn’t get fired for killing five hookers? ;)


23 posted on 09/13/2013 7:48:53 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Venturer
Religious views are not tolerated by today’s media.

...unless they are Islamic or unbiblically liberal.

24 posted on 09/13/2013 8:58:15 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Howdy to all you government agents spying on me.)
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To: virtuous

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.


25 posted on 09/13/2013 9:13:42 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Howdy to all you government agents spying on me.)
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James should sue.

Meanwhile, KO has a gig on ESPN and everything is just fine.


26 posted on 09/13/2013 10:21:01 PM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield (Ask the MSM about Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian. Observe the subsequent blank stares.)
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