Football’s James Fights Unnecessary Roughness on Faith
Craig James may not have had the shortest stint at Fox Sports, but it was close.
After a single day on the air, the football analyst got a surprising bit of news: he’d been fired. The reason, executives said, wasn’t about his performance — but his politics.
A year and a half earlier, Craig ran for office on a conservative platform that included his conviction that marriage is the union of a man and woman. Fox Sports said later that they asked themselves how those views would “play” in their HR department. “He couldn’t say those things here.”
And they made sure of it, sacking him after one day on the job. “For someone to call you and offer you a job, praise your talents… put you on the air…” Craig said, “and fire you the following day — that’s like a mean joke.” Hopefully, it’s a joke on Fox Sports.
With the help of Liberty Institute, Craig is suing the network for religious discrimination. “This case is much bigger than me,” Craig explained. “It affects every person who holds religious beliefs. I will not let Fox Sports trample my religious liberty. Today, many people have lost their jobs because of their faith. Sadly, countless are afraid to let their bosses know they even have a faith. This is America, and I intend to make sure Fox Sports knows they aren’t above the law.”
And he’ll have a growing club of supporters cheering him on. Dr. Angela McCaskill, Jerry Buell, Julea Ward, Damian Goddard, Senior Master Sergeant Phillip Monk, Crystal Dixon, and Air National Guardsman Layne Wilson, Brendan Eich, and Jay Love, were all suspended, fired, or sued by their employers for their views on marriage — whether or not they expressed them at work. It’s time to end this climate of Christian persecution, and Craig James’s case has incredible potential to do exactly that.
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