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Craig James: Fox Sports firing for gay marriage comment a ‘terrible mistake’

Craig James, the fired Fox Sports Southwest broadcaster, said that it’s unconscionable he was let go for his religious views and that the network will either rehire him or face a civil rights lawsuit.

“I was shocked that my personal religious beliefs were not only the reason for Fox Sports firing me, but I was completely floored when I read stories quoting Fox Sports representatives essentially saying that people of faith are banned from working at Fox Sports,” Mr. James told Breitbart News. “That is not right and surely someone made a terrible mistake.”

Mr. James, a former NFL running back who was a broadcaster for ESPN and CBS, was hired Aug. 30 to join the studio analysis team for “Fox College Saturday.” At the time of the hire, Mike Anastassiou, the show’s executive producer, called him a “talented broadcaster” with massive “knowledge of college football.”

Just days later, however, Mr. James was fired after statements he made last year during his failed Senate bid in Texas about his religious views on marriage resurfaced.

“People choose to be gay,” he said during an April 2012 campaign appearance. “I think it’s a choice, I do. Same-sex marriage, if someone chooses to do that, that’s done. 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.”

A Fox Sports Southwest spokesman told a Dallas Morning News reporter that “we just asked ourselves how Craig’s statements would play in our human resources department. He couldn’t say those things here.”

But Mr. James‘ legal team claims he has a solid case of discrimination. In a letter sent to Fox Sports on Tuesday, Liberty Institute’s general counsel Jeff Mateer wrote that the “decision to terminate Craig James because of Mr. James‘ religious beliefs is a severe violation” of his liberties, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Mr. Mateer pointed out that Fox actually solicited Mr. James for the position, knowing full well his political background.

“The actions have also led to the breach of Craig James‘ contract and the impugnment of his career,” the letter states. “We demand the immediate reinstatement [of] Mr. James to the on-air college football analyst position. If you refuse to reinstate Mr. James, millions of Americans will be left with the impression that you do not respect religious liberty and Liberty Institute will be forced to pursue subsequent legal options.”

by Anonymousreply 909/26/2013

Major ping.

by Anonymousreply 109/26/2013

And Fox Sports' legal team can ask him if he is for slavery, against divorce, avoids eating pork, wears underwear, against tattoos, to show that he is a hypocrite.

This could be a good public case.

by Anonymousreply 209/26/2013

Exactly, r2, it's bigotry under the veil of 'religion'.

by Anonymousreply 309/26/2013

They an fire him the same way institutions legally fire people for being gay. His contract probably states they can release for any reason they see fit. It's not thir first time at the rodeo.

by Anonymousreply 409/26/2013

[quote] it's bigotry under the veil of 'religion'.

Yes, this could be interesting. The problem is that the law is not very clear on this issue.

Several people on DL have alluded to the Mormon Church changing its stance on blacks because the IRS was going to pull their tax exempt status if they continued to hold doctrine that blacks were inferior people. Nobody has actually, linked to any documentation of this however.

Scientology has won several cases, or had cases thrown out of court on the grounds that the US Government cannot dictate church beliefs or church practices. This is one of the reasons that it has been very hard to get a slave labor case against them.

Basically, the only way to win this is to have the court accept the argument that one has a right to one's religion, but not the right to a job. I think it will be a difficult case to argue.

As to the Leviticus argument, more than likely it will be ruled out of order as Christianity is not on trial.

by Anonymousreply 509/26/2013

Damn. The lizard people aren't even bothering with masks anymore.

by Anonymousreply 609/26/2013

wasthington times? pass

by Anonymousreply 709/26/2013

I read online that Craig James killed five hookers while he was at SMU. Don't know if that's true, but that's what I read.

by Anonymousreply 809/26/2013

He's extremely unpopular. We know damn well thats not the only decision he was fired.

It pisses me off. Anti-gays play the victim more than gays do. And does the Washibgton Post report when gays are fired for their sexuality? That happens in 33 states.

by Anonymousreply 909/26/2013
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