Free speech for sports...but not gay retorts?

Friday, September 13, 2013
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A family policy expert believes Fox Sports needs to stand for free speech rather than tyranny. 

NFL Pro-Bowler Craig James was hired by Fox Sports Southwest and had one broadcast as a college football analyst before he was given the boot, not because of a bad job, but because Fox Sports stated his views - which reflect traditional biblical belief - clashed with the network's human resources policy.

Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council tells OneNewsNow it was statements James made during a debate while a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Texas a year and a half ago.

“Mr. James had said he would not march in a gay pride parade,” Sprigg explains. “He also said that he thought that there was an element of choice involved in homosexuality and that homosexuals would have to answer to the Lord for their actions.”

"We just asked ourselves how Craig's statements would play in our human resources department," a spokesman for Fox Sports told the Dallas Morning News.

"He couldn't say those things here," the spokesman told the newspaper. 


Nor, it seems, could he believe "those things" and remain on payroll either.  

When James was hired, the executive producer at Fox Sports Southwest called him a “talented broadcaster who I’ve admired throughout his career," The Washington Times pointed out in a September 9 story

Sprigg believes Fox Sports is apparently saying that if you're a Christian, you either keep your thoughts to yourself or change your views, which shows no tolerance for Christians.

“It's not a question of tolerance anymore,” Sprigg warns OneNewsnow. “What we're seeing is what I call the tyranny of tolerance, tyranny which forbids even any expression of opposing opinions. That's not what America is all about and certainly Fox Sports should take a stand in favor of free speech rather than in favor of this kind of tyranny.”

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