The Family Research Council is going rather bananas over the decision by FOX Sports Southwest to fire Craig James for his homophobic remarks.
James, who was running to be the US Senator from Texas back in 2012, was fired for saying that gays should “answer to the Lord for their actions”, that homosexuality is a choice, and attacking his opponent for attending a Pride event. James lost his bid.
So, of course, Tony Perkins is up in arms over the firing. Perkins makes his usual statements about how the firing is both wrong because of how they were made before James was hired by the network, and that the anti-gay views are right even though the evidence is against him on that one.
Perkins wrote that “Apart from being a popular analyst, Craig also had political aspirations — aspirations he followed to Texas in an unsuccessful bid against Ted Cruz during the primary. In the course of the campaign, Craig was asked — as all candidates are — about his views on marriage and sexuality. James’s opinion happens to coincide with the research, which is that no one is born gay. And, as an orthodox Christian, he didn’t shy away from the eternal consequences of this sin or any other. ‘…[T]hey are going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions,’ he said before pledging not to support same-sex unions.”
James was actually fired form ESPN, and is not as popular as Perkins might believe. Furthermore, the evidence is actually that lesbians and gays are born that way, and psychology has cast doubt on whether or not homosexuality was a choice since the days of Sigmund Freud, who refused to engage in what is now known as ex-gay therapy. Though Freud did not think homosexuality was biologically determined, he believed it was set by the time one reached about the age of six (per Christine Downing).
Perkins goes on to whine that “According to Sports Illustrated, the regional affiliate of Fox hired Craig without involving upper management. ‘Fox Sports executives were not happy with the hire by the regional network,’ sources explain. High level executives felt he hadn’t been properly vetted (or, properly excluded, depending on how you look at it). When the news broke, a Fox Sports spokesman tried to explain away the network’s religious profiling. ‘We just asked ourselves how Craig’s statements would play in our human resources department. He couldn’t say those things here.’”
He goes on to complain that “First off, Craig didn’t say them there — or anywhere in his commentating capacity. He stated his position as a candidate for public office — in response to legitimate constituent questions. To suggest that having an opinion on cultural issues disqualifies you from breaking down football plays is outrageous — especially when that opinion is shared by the majority of Americans! Is the grip of religious hostility so tight that Americans can’t even have an open debate for fear it’ll cost them their jobs?”
FOX Sports is far more aware than FOX News that public opinion regarding LGBT people is changing, and are leery of having a known homophobe on their staff due to potential loss of revenue, but going beyond that, James also created a problem for FOX Sports with regards to how he lost his job at ESPN. His son was involved in the controversial firing of a Texas Tech football coach over allegations of misconduct and inappropriate punishments.
The FRC is, of course, using James as another tool to try and lengthen the Christian Persecution narrative that has been their common complaint for years now. The FRC is among the most vocal groups claiming that Christians are being repressed for, basically, being told to stop trying to push their religions on others, and actually use facts and real research instead of the stuff that they pay crooked academes for.