FRC Staffer Craig James Sues Fox Sports For Anti-Christian Religious Discrimination

Former New England Patriots running back, failed US Senate candidate, and current Family Research Council staffer Craig James has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against Fox Sports, alleging that the network fired him as a commentator over his Christian stance on same-sex marriage. Yahoo News reports:

In 2013, Fox Sports Southwest fired James two days after it hired him upon learning of a statement he made in 2012 while running for the U.S. Senate. During a debate that involved Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and Ted Cruz, James said that being gay is a choice and that “right now in this country, our moral fiber is sliding down a slope that is going to be hard to stop if we don’t stand up with leaders who don’t go ride in gay parades. I can assure you I will never ride in a gay parade.” Fox Sports Southwest Senior Vice President of Communications Lou D’Ermilio took issue with the comments. “We just asked ourselves how Craig’s statements would play in our human resources department. He couldn’t say those things here.” The suit, which was filed Monday morning, claimed James was fired “because of his religious beliefs about marriage and his expression of those beliefs.”

James’ suit claims that he “shows love and kindness to all those around him” including his LGBT friends and family members. That claim might come as a surprise to his LGBT friends and family members who happened to be listening as he guest-hosted on Tony Perkins’ radio show in December, when he told a caller that he wasn’t really sure whether gay people should be executed.

  • Isaac

    When are we going to stop pretending that homophobia is an actual and legitimate religious belief? Just because a religious person says words doesn’t mean their religion genuinely informs their view. Religion is a mask for homophobia. For these people, homophobia came first, religion second.

    • JT

      Try the same shit as a defense for JC Aryan racism. Will it work? No. The same should be true in this case for his homophobia.

    • Michael Rush

      i think he meant to say that gay people should be executed compassionately when no one was looking .

      • Steverino

        And if his expression of his sincerely held religious beliefs caused hurt feelings, he apologizes and asks for forgiveness for the hurt feelings.

    • JT

      he told a caller that he wasn’t really sure whether gay people should be executed

      It’s not just homophobi; it’s hideous hate speech. What a fucking scumbag. And this asswipe wants to claim he’s a victim?

      • RoFaWh

        And in Canada, he might very well get a visit from the cops for his alleged hate speech – a crime in Canada.

        I must add that the hate speech laws in Canada are very seldom invoked, and convictions are very difficult to obtain, but they seem to have a beneficial effect in that in public, hate-ish speech isn’t common.

        • JT

          Once again, Canada offers an example for the U.S. to emulate.

        • Delphini

          I actually think it’s better that people like him can expose their thoughts and show us what they really are. I do agree that incitement and serious threats should be illegal though.

        • MDB

          At the least Canada’s laws serve to make her citizens, where I have relatives in Ontario, think twice before shooting off their mouths before engaging their brains; where their words may have legal consequences. I enjoy freedom of speech and expression but realize that I am not free from the consequences of any idiotic speech I author.

        • Bj Lincoln

          I am all for hate speech laws. I do not think Bryan Fischer should be allowed to say the hateful, vile things he spews everyday about all different minorities. Tony Perkins can lie all he wants to but should NOT be allowed to call us nasty names or encourage hate and violence against us. The signs at Mannings church should not be allowed. Stoning LGBT people?! Hoping we all catch some awful disease! The horrible things on his youtube videos should never be heard outside his church.

        • Robert W. Pierce

          Same here in the UK, in fact most of western Europe.

    • TreGibbs

      Nailed it.

      • JT

        To the cross.

    • kaydenpat

      Even if it is an actual and legitimate religious belief, why should it be honored? I’m sure some of these bigots actually believe that God hates gays (or whatever). Their genuine belief doesn’t make bigotry okay and shouldn’t be validated by a secular society.

      • lymis

        In this case, it’s not even about whether or not it should be honored, or an employee should or should not be allowed to hold a particular view.

        This is about his public conduct as a representative of his employers in his capacity of doing the job according to their requirements.

        There’s a distinction between private views and conduct and public views and conduct, and another distinction between public views and conduct and what is done when on the employer’s time in the capacity of your job.

        There may – MAY – be some room for nuance and allowing people to behave on things like Facebook or Twitter that are arguably semi-public and semi-private. But on-air comments while on the payroll? Sorry, but that’s your employer’s call.

        There might similarly be room for discussion and religious tolerance if the employer was requiring making positive statements that violate one’s religious beliefs. Being expected to shut up and be professional about keeping your negative views to yourself is a different matter.

    • Randy

      Precisely. They just dislike and don’t want to be around any gay people. Their delicate religious sensibilities are a completely manufactured tool to use to bash LGBT people as they see the law turning away from them.

  • anne marie in philly

    fuckhead! just a bit surprised that faux fired him, cause you know faux is all about the rethuglicans and their evil.

    • bkmn

      It is because it is FuxSpurts who is well aware that many gay people are big fans of sports.

      • RoverSerton

        Unlike faux “news”, I don’t feel like taking a shower every time I watch Fox Sports. They are sports and check your politic/bias/hates at the door. Just my opinion.

        • Other than their US Open coverage this year, bringing in Greg Norman as a commentator. Could they have at least had a lead analyst who WON the event? Johnny Miller had Oakmont to fall back on when NBC covered it (and boy, did he ever fall back on it.)

    • Capritaur

      Rupert Murdoch and Fox News ruined the Fox brand, an American institution, despite the fact that many creative divisions of Fox continue to be rather progressive. The creation of 21st Century Fox in 2013, which split the Fox assets from News Corp, was likely to have in part resulted from this brand depreciation.

      • anne marie in philly

        remember all those great old movies from fox studios? yeah, then murdock came along…

      • B Snow

        Agreed. The Simpsons have been on Fox from the start and they mock their own network every chance they get.

    • lymis

      FOX is about the money.

      For exactly as long as being vocally and visibly anti-gay raked in the cash, it was tolerated, and opposing views were suppressed.

      Now that the cash-cow tea leaves point in the other direction, that anti-gay sentiments are diminishing in their cash value, and pro-gay or neutral sentiments are rising in money-making (or at least, lawsuit and protest reducing) potential, it’s not surprising that the rules on FOX are changing.

      If you work for FOX, you’re a whore. Be a good little whore and do what your boss wants.

      • anne marie in philly

        thank the dogs and cats I don’t work for those shitheads!

  • Paula

    Now, this is the Seventeenth Sign of the Apocalypse

  • bkmn

    FuxSpurts realized they shouldn’t have hired him in the first place since it would only be a short matter of time before he would be offending their viewers, many of whom are gay and/or allies.

    Everyone has a right to their opinion. Everyone has a right to voice their opinion. Everyone’s employers have the right to terminate your employment if your opinion will cost them money. Asshat.

    • Ryan Anderson?

      • Sk3ptic

        You just KNOW Aaron Schock finds Ryan Anderson super d r e a m y.

        • I was intentionally wrong. Ryan’s 34 😉

  • MattM

    You were a PR nightmare, f*ckface. Fox Sports decided your bigotry was dead weight that would drag down their bottom line. In this instance, your bigotry just happened to be influenced by your Christianity. You were fired for what you said, not why you said it. If you’re so morally righteous, take this as a badge of honor and grift grift grift to make up the difference, as is the norm for creeps of you ilk these days.

    • another_steve

      FYI Matt, “fuck” is not one of the nasty no-speak auto-censored words here on JMG.

      The “N” word, yes. The “C” word (the other way of saying “panty hamster”), yes.

      But not the “fuck” word.

      • MattM

        I like to use * sometimes because it somehow emphasizes the vulgarity of a word. Just like bleeping on TV. It’s like bolding and italicizing w word simultaneously.

        • another_steve

          Interesting, Matt.

          I’m essentially vulgar by nature (though I was raised in a very respectable household where you had to excuse yourself before leaving the table) and have used all the dirty words in my JMG comments over the years.

          Most of them have never gotten past the ‘Nasty Word’ Algorithm Monster, much to the relief of others readers here who were spared some of my garbage.

          • Schlukitz

            “much to the relief of others readers here who were spared some of my garbage.”

            Just when did you ever spare any of the other readers here of your garbage?

          • Reality.Bites

            When he sleeps.

      • JT

        Not “cock” surely? 😉

        The British might say: That man has 10 cocks.

        Lucky him!

        • another_steve

          “Ten”? Please.

          One “after-urination dribbling cock” is more than enough for me.

    • Chris Baker

      Yes, it is bigotry shrowded in religion. You don’t hear many Christians complaining that all those divorced and remarried couples are adulterers. America is the largest producer of Porn, yet where are the calls for a constitutional amendment banning pornography?

      Being gay is just icky, and ooooh, look here, there’s a Bible verse against it. How convenient. A Bible verse in the Old Testament laws given to the Jewish people that were done away with in the New Testament (except that one verse, I suppose). However Jesus himself spoke very clearly about divorce and re-marriage and Christians just ignore that, or argue it away. So clearly, it is selective interpretation of the Bible.

      • Delphini

        I think this is true for some, and it’s a good point, but I think others really would like to change laws related to divorce and pornography. FRC has tried to take action against pornography (example: http://www.frc.org/content/amicus-brief-us-v-extreme-associates) and I know Tony Perkins, Maggie Gallegher, and Bryan Brown have spoken against no-fault divorce. Perkins was involved in making “covenant marriage” laws too. I actually wish more people were aware of these views and would think about the consequences of potentially trapping people in dangerous marriages or wasting resources tracking down consenting adults making porn instead of actual criminals. That being said, I agree that their efforts against pornography and divorce are nowhere near as big as their efforts against marriage for gays.

        • Schlukitz

          I would almost be willing to lay you odds that now that they have lost the marriage battle, they will re-focus their attacks on pornography once again just to keep the donations rolling in.

          No demons to fight? No more orgs. needed to fight them.

          Divorce, not so much, since better than 50% of their “congregation” has participated in at least one divorce in their lifetime.

          That’s a sacred cow.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Sorry weaselpecker!
    I used up all my *sympathy* for Cecil the lion.
    None left for butthurt Christoid bigots.
    Bye, loser!

    • StraightGrandmother

      “I used up all my *sympathy* for Cecil the lion”
      That’s pretty funny.

    • Joe in PA

      I’m loving “weaselpecker”. 🙂

      (the word, the word…not the thing). 🙂

      • cheakamus

        A coworker in New Zealand years ago used to describe a skinny guy as “thin as a streak of weasel piss.”

  • oikos
  • TexPlant

    it is still legal in many parts of the country for merely being gay, but this douche gets fired for hate speech and he believes he should be protected under religious liberty. WTF!

    These bigots want everything their way or no way!
    Good bye douche-bag

    • bkmn

      That is the right wing way. There is no room for compromise.

    • b

      Douchebag.

  • Ninja0980

    Craig, you work for a group that compares LGBT people to pedophiles, zoophiles, murderers and has fought to keep them second class citizens in every way possible.
    Don’t give us this bullshit about you “love” and “support” your LGBT friends and family, you sure as hell don’t given your choice of employers.

    • sherman

      And supports shoveling tons of money to Israel, where abortions are provided by the state.

      • Chucktech

        Oh, that’s OK. Israel is where Jeezy the Son God’s commin’ back and He’ll kill all the Jews and all good christianists go to heaven. It’s all in the bible, doncha know…

        • Chucktech

          And besides, those are all Jew babies being aborted, so, you know…

  • JT

    Your beliefs? No, moron, there was that little thing of your very public remarks. In a situation in which you’re going to representing a business, conflict with one of their policies or positions is not insignificant. Also, by the way, your freedom of speech does not allow you to say anything you want in a job context.

  • bambinoitaliano

    So now he is working for Fondling Related Children organization.

  • Joe in PA

    Nothing says “love and kindness to all” like not being sure if gay people should be executed. Now go away.

    • JT

      You know the expression “Killing you with kindness”? He’s a bit literal minded with that.

      • Joe in PA

        Bless his heart. Sigh.

    • popebuck1

      With friends like that…

  • Franciscan

    I think an employer should be really cautious about making the assumption that a past statement, outside of work, should be taken into consideration in hiring/firing. I don’t think this would be legal in California, where the Catholic archbishop of San Francisco has been trying to force employees such as teachers (many of them non-Catholic) to sign a statement about adhering to church teachings at work *and at home*. The teachings themselves are strictly anti-sex and anti-gay. Here, only a church can get away with this malarkey.

    • JustSayin

      A business has a legal right to determine if the words or actions of an employee even on their own time, will negatively affect the business brand or reputation. Even: :in California.

      This is a legally different issue than a private religious institution requiring contractual silence under threat if termination.

    • oikos

      James, a republican, undoubtedly touts the virtues of the free market when it works in his favor. Free speech only protects him from action by the govt, not the private sector.

    • neonzx

      In this instance, the employee was hired as an on-air sports analyst — which makes him part of the image and product being sold by Fox Sports. The company has every right to take a pass if they feel his commentary or behavor outside the job could damage their brand.

      • JW Swift

        It’s not like anyone in the biz doesn’t already know that this is the nature of the industry that they’re CHOOSING to work within. If their freedom of expression is such a deal-breaker for them, they should’ve gone into another profession in the first place.

  • It has nothing to do with religion.

    • another_steve

      Thank you, girl. Speak more on this.

      Religion, I think, is that Magic Mirror in which you find what you are prepared to find.

      If you are prepared to find hatred and horror, you will find it there.

      If you are prepared to find compassion and comfort, you will find it there.

      • Chucktech

        Yeah, no. Sorry, I’m stickin’ with the “religion poisons everything” meme.

        • Schlukitz

          But, but…you have it on the word of Steve’s Catlick husband. ;-P

          • Chucktech

            Yeah, Steve’s Catholic husband is Steve’s cross to bear!

          • Schlukitz

            And Steve sure does love spending time on that cross, doesn’t he? ;-P

      • RoFaWh

        The great SF/fantasy/mystery author, Jack Vance put it this way in one of his “Planet of Adventure” novels (page 182 in the omnibus edition). The characters are on board a small sailing vessel shooting the shit to pass the time and get on the subject of religion:

        “The man and his religion are one and the same thing. The unknown exists. Each man projects on the blankness the shape of his own particular world-view. He endows his creation with his personal volitions and attitudes. The religious man stating his case is in essence explaining himself. When a fanatic is contradicted he feels a threat to his own existence; he reacts violently.”

        And the atheist?

        “He projects no image upon the blank whatever. The cosmic mysteries he accepts as things in themselves; he feels no need to hang a more or less human mask upon them. Otherwise, the correlation between a man and the shape into which he molds the unknown for greater ease of manipulation is exact.”

        • another_steve

          Beautiful comment, RoFaWh. Thank you.

          I think that all of us — people of faith and people of no faith — project onto the universe her or his personal sense of what there is or is not.

          If you are a person of faith, your god or gods honor and value faith. Will reward the faithful.

          If you are without spiritual belief, your sense is that the universe nevertheless operates and operates well. All is well, without your need to believe in this or that.

          There are many people “in between,” of course. People who are spiritual but who reject the notion of supernatural beings or forces or powers.

          Thanks for broaching this topic, RoFaWh, in such an intelligent manner.

          Very rare to see this in the gay blogosphere.

          • Schlukitz

            “If you are a person of faith, your god or gods honor and value faith. Will reward the faithful.”

            You mean in the same way that the God(s) rewarded people of the Jewish faith during the holocaust?

            if you are so repulsed by “this gay blogosphere”, then why do you keep coming back?

          • LonelyLiberal

            The dick. They always come back for the hot, wet dick.

            Conveniently, reward is always deferred to the alleged “afterlife” where it can be safely out of sight and simply believed in. No proof required. People can be treated like absolute crap during their lifetime, but if they’re “good” (by which most mean “if they believe the right way”) they get rewarded.

            For those of us who have noted that the Universe as cataloged so far is inherently mechanistic, this makes no sense. We’ve noticed that shit, simply put, happens. To everybody.

      • Schlukitz

        Put the bottle away, girlfriend.

        The hatred and horror is there…whether you choose to acknowlege it or not.

        http://www.evilbible.com/

        One can also find comfort by standing in a steaming pile of cow-plop if your feet become frost-bitten.

        The trick, is to avoid gettign “frost-bite” in the first place.

    • MDB

      I emphatically disagree!! In Craig James’ and Tony Perkins’ mind, Joann, yes it DOES have everything to do with their version of religion and fucked up homophobic convoluted hatred; assigning us some lesser -than status as though we were a malformed misintention of creation.

      • The way I see it, the religion is only an cover – like the wolf wrapped in a sheep’s skin lying in wait to attack the flock, the religion is only a thin veneer over their rapacious bigotry.

    • Schlukitz

      Normally, I always look forward to and applaud your cogent, well researched and well thought-out commentaries.

      This time, sadly, I have to disagree. It has everything to do with religion.

      At the behest of one of our well-respected commentators, I watched God Loves Uganda

      While what I saw, much of which was filmed undercover, revealed nothing that I did not already know about IHOP and religion in general, it reaffirmed everything I had already learned about it.

      I would respectufully suggest that you watch this film as well and then let me know if you still feel that this has nothing to do with religion?

      It’s available to watch for free on Netflix if you are a member.

    • CottonBlimp

      I’m sorry to say that elevating arbitrary cultural taboos to serious crimes has everything to do with religion. One of the very first things Christian emperors did in Rome was pass laws to burn gays alive at the stake.

      I can appreciate that more and more Christians value secular ethics over the commandments of their faith, but they have no right acting like homophobia just came out of nowhere 20 years ago and took all their churches by surprise.

      • Sk3ptic

        Yes. YES. YES!

      • JW Swift

        Perhaps, but I took her comment to mean that the firing of this guy didn’t have anything to do with religion, despite his claim that it does.

        Nobody’s trying to change his mind and force him to believe that gay marriage is OK, they just didn’t want him violating the terms of his employment contract and spouting-off publicly about it.

        • CottonBlimp

          Well I can agree with *that*. The short of it is most companies now recognize that the money and talents of LGBT people and their allies are more valuable than that of the ever-evaporating pool of rancid bigots, and the rancid bigots can go cry themselves to sleep about it.

  • BeaverTales

    “At will” hiring and job discrimination based on your beliefs. Not just for Christians anymore….?

  • Bluto

    I’m really sick of the “Fags should be treated lower than dog shit but I love them so I’m not a bigot. We’re cool, right?” bullshit. Fuck this k*nt, his imaginary gay friends & his little dog too.

  • JustSayin

    It seems he made these accusations back: n sept 2013 when he was fired. Liberty institute was his legal representation then
    .. Two years later he is now filing this suit….his outrage is as thin as his claim.

    • zhera

      There’s a wagon to be jumped on and damn if this christianist is going to miss it!

      • Chucktech

        Pity the wagon seems headed off of a cliff… Real pity…

    • MDB

      Perhaps some crackerjack young Liberty lawyers should be helping him file this action, then. They’ re all such successful leegul skollarrz !!
      /s

      • JT

        Today I came across a blogger named Onan Coca who’s a wingnut (what else?) graduate of Liberty “University”. Do you think his parents expected he’d probably be spilling his seed on the ground trying to make a living?

    • I smell a statute of limitations expiring.

  • TampaDink

    I’d have thought that FRC was paying their help well enough to avoid having them moonlight (as professional victims).

    • another_steve

      “The Professional Victim” is not a phenomenon of the Monstrous Right only. Progressive peoples do it too.

      See: The Gay Blogosphere.

      • Sk3ptic

        Do you honestly believe the gay blogosphere is as guilty of professional victimhood as the religious right–keeping in mind that the professional victim is generally perceived as being a confidence artist? Who fits that picture here?
        Will you be benefitting from the social advancements made possible in great part by the grassroots momentum of the gay blogosphere?

        • Reality.Bites

          Another_Steve is an expert professional victim.

        • another_steve

          I honestly believe that at this point in our movement — given all the progress we’ve made and continue to make– the gay blogosphere is into some kind of dysfunctional, institutional victimhood thing, yes. Victimhood may have served us 15 or 20 years ago, but today I think it’s just dysfunction. What I’ve called “wallowing in the hate.”

          Perhaps “professional” isn’t quite the right descriptor — but on the other hand there is money to be made by appealing to the basic victim instinct that resides in many of us (ad visits, sponsorships, etc.).

          It’s complicated and I don’t understand all of it, but when we need to see the weekly church signs of some demented New York City preacher, we’re into some heavy personal abnormal psychology thingy there.

          All in my opinion.

          • Sk3ptic

            This sounds horrifyingly similar to the conservative gay cabal that pushed back against pioneers like Harvey Milk, Frank Kameny, Larry Kramer, Wayne Besen, Michelangelo Signorile, et al. They had to fight against people who felt that making waves and putting our struggles and suffering out there was too off-putting.
            Those people are the dinosaurs now. Sitting and waiting has never worked because the opposition is absolutely rabid in their efforts to put us back in our place.
            Please read It’s Not Over by Michelangelo Signorile to get a better perspective on this. Now is the time to fight even harder, because the backlash has only just started.

          • another_steve

            Respectfully, we’re not talking about the same thing, Sk3ptic. I’m not advocating an end to activism; I’m advocating an end to the dysfunction of victimhood.

            But you haven’t gone all ad hominem here (often the rule rather than the exception, here on JMG), and for that I thank you.

  • yowsuh123

    There’s marriage equality and James has publicly spoken out against equality. Networks have no business hiring people who openly discriminate.

  • zhera

    Two thoughts:

    1. This is a failure by Fox Sports. If it only took two days for those previous statements to surface it means that FS should have learned about it BEFORE hiring Craig James.

    2. This is really a clear cut case. If the statements had been about black people, or Jews, or Asians he would know not to further ruin his reputation. But, as you all know, hatin’ on the gays is just fine and you’re all uppity bitches for complaining.

    • Chucktech

      Regarding #2:

      NUH UHHH!!! IT SAYS IN THE BIBLE THAT FAGS ARE ALL QUEERS, SO IT’S OK!!11!11!

    • BearEyes

      #1 even your basic HR department uses the google these days.

  • Michael

    What about all the pro-equality people of faith, such as myself, whose sincerely held religious beliefs and consciences are deeply offended by such statements?

  • SFBruce

    Nice. He thinks it’s important to “stand firm,” except when it comes to executing gay people, where that firmness evaporates.

    Liberty Counsel is representing him, which is no big surprise, but from a legal perspective, I can’t see how this goes anywhere. Obviously, I have no idea what’s in the contract he signed with Fox Sports, but I’d be really surprised if Fox has any legal liability here at all. The only possible reason Liberty is doing this is as a fundraising tool. Reprehensible.

    • Schlukitz

      “Nice. He thinks it’s important to “stand firm,” except when it comes to executing gay people, where that firmness evaporates.”

      Actually, that is probably the only time when he is at peak “firmness”, if you get my drift.

  • safari2bongaloo

    So, now he wants “special protection” under law?

    • Chucktech

      Ha! Really! The special rights that christianists already have isn’t enough.

  • delk

    Change out gay with African American…

    Rush Limbaugh fired from ESPN for racist comments about Donavan McNabb.

    Jimmy “The Greek” Synder fired from CBS for suggesting black athletes excelled because they were bred by slave masters to be strong.

    Howard Cosell resigned from Monday Night Football for saying “Look at that little monkey run!” about African American receiver Alvin Garrett.

    Three FAR bigger names than you, bigot.

    • And only one of ’em really deserved what they got 😀

    • Chucktech

      But queers are much worse than plain ol’ colored people, you see…

  • Jim

    When you’re running for political office, what you say in public is properly construed as political speech especially when you’re speaking in a political debate. Hello? Fox didn’t want him because of his political speech. They’re free to do so. He has no case.

  • Octavio

    Great face shot in the above post. I can hear, “Derp, a derp, derp a derp, derpity derp, a derp.” Quite the intellectual. I look forward to reading his essays on slavery and the buybull. 🙂

  • StraightGrandmother

    Oh well, sucks to be you.
    And not only that I’m so glad T-Bow flamed out too
    (Wasn’t that his nick-name T-Bow?)

    What these incidents do is re-enforce the Eich effect.
    Watch it! Being anti gay is no longer socially acceptable,
    Doesn’t matter if you stake your claim based on religion, the fact is you are anti-gay & Fox didn’t want that around.

    • RoFaWh

      SGm, your comment “being anti-gay is no longer socially acceptable” is what will gradually bring an end to overt anti-gay speech in public. Sooner or later, even the loathsome Perkins will figure this out.

      • BearEyes

        only after PerKKKins figures out his next grifting scam.

    • Chucktech

      T-Bow the Teabagger! >>giggle, giggle<<

  • canoebum

    I find it deliciously ironic that Fox “News” is going to have to pay to damp down flames they’ve been throwing gasoline onto for the last 15 years, and argue to knock this religious freedom bullshit down a notch. I hope it costs them dearly.

    • BearEyes

      they’ve been throwing gasoline for years, but they haven’t run out of gasoline yet. They are truly part of the problem

    • Reality.Bites

      Fox Sports, not Fox News. Not connected directly.

      • canoebum

        I see that now. My bad.

  • Greg B.

    Suddenly Craig is a fan of anti-discrimination laws and government making personnel decisions for private employers. Typical fundie hypocrisy.

    And Craig, if you’re reading, I take back every dirty thought I had about you back when you were hot.

    • Chucktech

      You have absolutely no reason to take back all those dirty, disgusting, masturbatory thoughts you may have had about Craig James! If we all had to do that for every christianist hottie who runs his mouth for jesus and fag hating, I’d have to forget all about the Benham brothers…

      • Schlukitz

        Somehow, my dick just doesn’t get hard for people who are so hateful, no matter how physically attractive that person may be.

        • CottonBlimp

          Same. I have no interest in hatesex, nor in fueling the paranoid fantasies of homophobes.

        • Chucktech

          Really? Not even if you ball-gag them while they’re tied down? Does getting a chubby over such lascivious things really make me that bad of a person? 😉

          • Schlukitz

            Not in the least. 🙂

            You forget. Selling things like ball-gags and restraints in my shop in NYC is how I make my living. LOL

          • Chucktech

            Jeez, you filthy perv… Let’s have tea..

          • Schlukitz

            LOL

    • If he’s reading, don’t take them back. List them all — in luridly excruciating detail.

  • kaydenpat

    “he wasn’t really sure whether gay people should be executed.”

    In a totally loving and kind way, of course. Duh!!

  • KQCA

    To some extent, I believe even we have become accustomed and calloused to these comments about us. Try taking any of these comments about us and trade out “gays” for “Christians” and you’ll find it quite jolting.

    • Chucktech

      What it really is is just the death rattle of overt, christianist-sanctioned fag hating. Sure, they’ll always hate us, just like so many hate n*****s (especially the one sullying the White House), but not anymore in polite society. And they just can’t wrap their god-besotted heads around that.

    • Schlukitz

      It has often been said that a lie, repeated over and over, is eventually perceived as truth,

      And so it is with name-calling. Eventually people become innured to it and that name-calling becomes as natural and accepted as saying “God bless you.”

      I can recall a time when saying “fuck you” to someone could get you a punch in teeth, if not a few broken bones as well.

      Today, people feel free say to say it even if you just sneeze or look at them cross-eyed.

      • LonelyLiberal

        You don’t like it? Fuck you.

        No, seriously, I’m offering.

        • Schlukitz

          Hee hee

        • I would not fuck him with my worst enemies dick.

          1) There is not a strong enough ball gag to quell the stupid.
          2) There are not enough burlap sacks to obscure the ugly that has consumed him from the inside out.
          3) And I shudder to think what I would catch just from proximity to him.

      • KQCA

        Schlukitz, you make an excellent point, eloquently stated.

  • Stev84

    You want corporate serfdom, now deal with it. Employees have no rights. Employers can do whatever they want.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Craig darling, you might want to get a fire extinguisher because honey, your pants are in flames.

  • Delphini

    Well, well, is this the same FRC that wants businesses to be able to fire employees simply for being in a same-sex relationship?

  • The Professor

    Yawn.

  • BearEyes

    James, honey – you are not being discriminated against. Your bigotry is on parade. You seriously need to loose this lawsuit.
    And, just between us you’re no martyr!

  • Randy

    I would imagine that the scope of his employment as a commentator allows his boss control over what he says and what he does not say on the air. I think there might just be some language in there about sexual discrimination, demeaning other groups, exposing your network to liability or embarrassment, things like that. Just guessing. Of course, if businesses and government employees don’t have to perform their jobs if their religious views are in conflict, why should his job be any different?

    • Piet

      Even if not, he most likely was hired “at will” so they can fire him for any reason at all and don’t even have to specify a reason if he was hired here in California. When they don’t want to employ him any longer, they just fire his ass.

  • RNegron

    He is basically saying, I am unemployable so I might as well try to get a settlement our of it. Nobody will hire him after this.

    • Schlukitz

      And if all else failed, there is always Crowdfunding.

  • KnownDonorDad

    Who is doing the discrimination, again?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybH66U72xd0

  • Ginger Snap

    Oh my! I I think their screws are not only loose but have come undone Toto.

    • Schlukitz

      The nuts have bolted. ;-P

      • Ginger Snap

        Ha ha!

  • I would love to see the court call his ‘religion’ a form of bigotry and therefore, not protected.

    • Reality.Bites

      His beliefs are protected. No one can jail him for the expression of his beliefs.

      Whether those beliefs are protected in the context of keeping a job (most likely a freelance contract and not a job per se) in Texas, a mere two days after hiring, is quite another matter. My guess is not at all.

      • In the context of law, his religion is protected from legal prosecution, but is bigotry disguised as religion protected? When do the tenants of faith no longer have to be adhered to before we stop calling it religion? Christianity clearly states things like give to charity, protect the weak, treat others as you would have them treat you, but these people who claim to follow that faith do not practice it. So when do we stop allowing them to hide behind something they no longer believe in? That is where the law should decide.

        • Reality.Bites

          He can’t hide behind it at all. The courts are not in the business of assessing and judging people’s beliefs. This is not a test case about the intersection of religious rights and employment rights.

          It was two days into his employment, which was probably not employment at all but a freelance contract. Fox was legally entitled to fire him for no reason or for any reason, no matter how trivial.

          • The court should be in the business of judging a person’s ‘deeply held personal belief’. When they use it to deny another a service or right, it should be brought forth and examined. You’re right, this isn’t the case for that, but there are others.

          • Reality.Bites

            No it shouldn’t. The issue is whether or not you can use your beliefs to deny people their rights, not the sincerity of those beliefs. It’s wrong no matter what.

      • William

        In Texas a person can be fired for any or no reason. Perhaps he was fired because it was Tuesday. Or, maybe because it wasn’t Tuesday.

  • Jafafa Hots

    It’s just a coincidence that the god I believe in hates the same people that I do. Honest.

  • matt n

    what a baby. he needs to get the magnifying glass out to find his testicles.

  • Justin

    How awful for the poor dear.

  • matt n

    ugh… he “doesn’t know about the executing.’ well, guess it’s ok… he can go either way with the whole executing gays thing

  • Homo Erectus

    Infighting is funny….

  • Bj Lincoln

    It may not have been his stance on marriage but the nasty way he voiced his opinion. Funny thing, this internet. It keeps good records and sound bites. Wan a bet it was more than the mild parade statement that lost it for him. They are too nice to put that sound bite as a reason.

  • Eric in Oakland

    “…alleging that the network fired him as a commentator over his Christian stance on same-sex marriage.”

    Well, since it was a Christian stance, I guess that’s ok. It’s not as if it were a satanic stance or a communist stance…

  • Mark

    Self-righteous, egotistical, pompous asshole. Yes, his god made him that way.

  • Happy Dance
    • Max_1

      And pending…
      Who’s not to say these “reparative” advocates aren’t the mentally ill ones…?

  • JCF

    “shows love and kindness to all those around him” including his LGBT friends and family members.

    But not in a “gay parade”, which is to say, ONLY in a closet. You can have sex in a closet (Hmmm, Craig?) but closeted love is an OXYMORON.

  • so if a discordian repeatedly greeted people to the office with the turkey curse and referred to certain clients as greyface, it would be religious discrimination when they got canned for being bad for business?

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Too many hits to the head during his NFL career. Fox lawyers’ strategy: dangling keys.

  • Max_1

    The self made victim… Just start a GOFUNDME campaign, already.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    It is my Deeply Held Belief that I get to grope the UPS man who drops stuff off at my office.

    • William

      I used to have the dreamiest UPS man, then we moved. It’s only six miles from our old house, but on a completely different route.

    • Do they ALL end up hot or something? Ours is a cutie, as well.

  • SFHarry

    Claiming that he “shows love and kindness to all those around him” and actually showing love and kindness to all those around him are two different things.
    I’m really tired of hearing Christians say they love gay people and at the same time doing and saying the most horrible things to and about us.

  • KQCA

    He knew his listening audience/demographic well. Had he come right out and said he flat out disagreed with killing gays, he would have lost favor with many in his audience.

    Silence = Death

  • Ireyon

    God, there ARE depths Faux Noise isn’t willing to sink to!

    If this continues they might be a legitimate news source in a few decades!

    • Reality.Bites

      Fox News has absolutely nothing to do with this.

      • Ireyon

        Sorry. I was under the impression they’re an affiliate.

  • Happy Dance

    You only bought an Acura with that kind of money? Your standards are low! Everyone else bought an Alfa Romeo for a shit ton less a month!! Personally, I would get the Porsche Cayman GT4, but I have a need for speed!

  • Robert W. Pierce

    Well, Mr. James, I’d say you choose to be religious and a bigot (a lifestyle). Both are learned behaviours.

  • Todd20036

    Flagged

  • Gerry Fisher

    The cognitive dissonance is *strong* in this one!

  • goofy_joe

    The glimpses into the world these people would like to create are scarier than any ghost story ever told to me as a child.

  • CJAS

    If he feels it necessary to die for his Christian beliefs, who am I to argue? “And Merry Christmas.”

  • Kissmagrits

    Fox News won’t stand for this. And he’ll be toast after the Murdoch empire blacklists him. Perhaps he can find a job on the 700 Club changing Crazy Pat’s diapers.

  • Daniel

    his LGBT friends and family members

    Oh, indubitably. Citation needed!

  • 2karmanot

    He’s got GLTB friends and family? I’m sure they’re just ‘dying’ to be loved by his kindness.

  • Cyril

    even their bible states all have sinned and come short of the glory of god. So why do these bigoted christians feel the need to ignore their own sin and go after the perceived sins of others? Another tenant of christianity is judge not lest ye be judges.

    just proves they are not about the religion but about hate and that is what makes them evil.