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ICC Note: Former NFL running back Craig James was recently fired by a Fox affiliate from his new job as a sportscaster after remarks he made about gay marriage in a 2012 political campaign were uncovered by Fox. Craig James said that gays will “have to answer to the Lord for their actions” and that he would not support same-sex marriage. The comments were made during the Republican primary in an unsuccessful run last year by Craig for the Senate. His firing by a typically conservative news broadcaster is an indicator of just how much expressing one’s religious viewpoints may negatively impact ones career in a nation that is increasingly intolerant of religious beliefs that affirm traditional marriage. 
9/11/2013 United States (Charisma) – As a former NFL running back, Craig James isn’t used to being on the defensive. Unfortunately, that’s exactly where Fox Sports is putting him in a story that should rock the football world.
The retired Pro-Bowler became the latest face of the war on religious liberty when—after one day on the job—Fox gave James the boot for his conservative views on marriage. And here’s the kicker: He made the comments not at the sports desk but during last year’s Senate campaign!
Apart from being a popular analyst, James 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, James was asked—as all candidates are—about his views on marriage and sexuality. James’ 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.
“They are going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions,” he said before pledging not to support same-sex unions.
According to Sports Illustrated, the regional affiliate of Fox hired James 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,” the spokesman said.
First, James 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?

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