Craig James, Claiming Religious Discrimination, Preps for a Lawsuit Against Fox Sports

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Craig James' tenure as a college football analyst on Fox Sports Southwest was hilariously brief. It took all of one day for the station's corporate parent to learn of the hire, review James' comments on homosexuality from his failed U.S. Senate campaign, and show him the door.

College football fans greeted the news with some combination of guffaw and shrug and quickly moved on, but religious conservatives were not amused. Groups like the Family Research Council and Texas Values penned impassioned jeremiads calling Craig James the "latest face on religious liberty," fired for expressing his sincerely held Christian belief, which is that God will judge gay people.

James himself has now joined the persecution chorus.

See also: Fox Sports Fires Craig James, Failed Senate Candidate and Alleged Hooker Killer, After One Show

"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," James said in an "exclusive comment" to Breitbart News. "That is not right and surely someone made a terrible mistake."

What Fox Sports representatives actually said, in reference to certain anti-gay comments he made on the campaign trail, was "We just asked ourselves how Craig's statements would play in our human resources department. He couldn't say those things here."

Whatever. James isn't going to let such minor details derail his crusade, which is intensifying. He recently enlisted Plano's arch-conservative Liberty Institute, which made its name suing Plano ISD in the infamous Candy Cane Case, as legal representation.

Today, Liberty's Jeffrey Mateer fired off a three-page letter to Fox Sports demanding that James get his job back.

"The termination of Craig James raises serious issues of religious discrimination, unlawful disparagement of the character of Craig James, malicious interference with his employment, and unlawful termination of your employment agreement with him," Mateer writes.

See also: Liberty Institute: Assault on Religious Liberty is at All-Time High (and That's Just Counting Christians)

What follows is a lengthy description of James as a "fair and open-minded person" who "show[s] love and kindness to all those around him, regardless of whether they share his beliefs." Case in point was the openly gay political consultant to run his 2012 Senate campaign.

The letter goes on like that for a while, but Mateer eventually gets to an ultimatum: give James his job back or face a possible lawsuit.

"Craig James believes that he, as a Christian, is called to love everyone regardless of their sexual orientation," Mateer says. "Craig James simply wants to receive the same tolerance for his religious beliefs that he himself practices towards others."

Which is one way of looking at it.

Here's the letter:

Craig James Fox Sports Letter


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22 comments
lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

James wasnt a bad broadcaster - but had too many outside issues that just dont mesh with regional or national TV exposure. Now, Fox Southwest screwed up by bringing him on and then doing an about face - so they made a decision that is open to legal action. James is obviously allowed to have his views - tolerent or not -- but when he is in the public eye and representing a network, his strong opinions take front and center stage - over the sporting events he is supposed to be covering. A 2 edged sword and the network is going to protect its reputation at the expense of a broadcaster's job!

WatchingSouthDetroit
WatchingSouthDetroit

When James was working at ESPN BEFORE the run for the senate, his negative ratings were the highest of anyone at ESPN.  So maybe people just don't like him period.  Ever consider that?  This holier than thou Christian saw nothing wrong with taking illegal payments while at SMU.  What a hypocrite.  James says he, "loves everyone" - especially himself.  He thinks he is entitled to a sportscaster job just like his little boy was entitled to be on the first team at Tech.  What an entitled a__hole.

kimsearley
kimsearley

This has nothing to do with his anti-gay comments...It's all about Tech.  Where is little Adam now? Benched at another university or is he out of school and looking for employment.   Seriously?  They live in Westlake, he doesn't even need a job and Daddy Craig has blown his all to hell.

Blackman2day
Blackman2day

James, you can not discriminate buddy. A person has a constitutional right to be gay, whether you are I like it or not. They are protected by the the civil rights law of 1964. You don't have a case, so move on and take your horses. Personally, after what you done to Coach Leach, I rather not see your mug on any television station talking about football.

SpaceisSG
SpaceisSG

Although I dont like craig james personally, it is a double standard. If he would have said he supports gay rights he would of been a crusader. I though gays and lesbos were tolerant of others. Just like atheists do not like religion being thrown at them, christians do not like gayness. Just keep it in the bedroom.

randykelly
randykelly

Please just leave Texas and don't come back. Go join your homphile buddies up north.

You guys are the most  intolerant bunch  i have read in awhile.

Your half backed examples show your lack of thought.

Rooster0620
Rooster0620

Everytime I think this guy could not possibly prove himself to be a bigger jagoff, he does something like this to proove me wrong...

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hall16243

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uppercasematt
uppercasematt

So now the Liberty Institute supports rumored hooker-killers?


LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

I'm firmly of the attitude that he should get that job back, just to watch him fall all on his own, over and over again. Or will he scream "anti-Christian bigotry" when he gets fired due to lousy ratings? I honestly feel for the poor guy: it must be really hard to see the world when you have that much rectal tissue in your eyes.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Clown extraordinaire.  When I leave the state to travel I never admit I live in Texas.  Too embarrassed.

Daniel
Daniel

So if a Muslim colleague of James' says his (James') wife is a whore for not covering herself sufficiently, this colleague should not be fired or reprimanded because it's a sincerely held religious belief. Am I getting that right?

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

I would certainly hate to be the DUMB ASS Fox sports employee who invited Craig to Come on board..


I Still think The Texas Tech scandal played a large part in his firing

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@randykelly Randy, how's about you move to Russia, where homophobic bigotry is still federal policy. In this here country, religious bigotry is still bigotry and should receive no protections in a place of business.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

@hall16243 WOW Maybe Craig can get a job with her ...I sure hope he is reading this article and the comments so he will find  this valuable information Thanks in advance on his behalf.

monstruss
monstruss

@Daniel That is delusional as hell. Fox Sports would never hire a Muslim!

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@doublecheese Why?  It's not Texas I hate.  It's the reputation assholes like James and Cruz give the rest of the world that is embarrassing.

Daniel
Daniel

@ScottsMerkin @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @doublecheese Wherever I go, I always try to insult their women's pulchritude or lack thereof, helpfully offer examples of Texas beauties to provide a handy index of comparison (never leaving out Farrah Fawcett), brag how much bigger our yards are than theirs and how much God blessed plain plum ole FREEDOM I have living in Texas compared to their tax-and-spend socialist hellhole, comment that our sunsets are prettier, once per day grow pensive over a light beer and muse that "I miss the bluebonnets," and ask where in Hell can a man get a decent steak in this fairy town whilst laughing loudly and slapping their pallid northern backs. I sense that they expect this of me, and I'm a people pleaser at bottom. No not that bottom!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @doublecheese well how we will ever change peoples opinions of Texas if sweet kind loving people like you Myrna dont let them know you live in Texas and that not everyone here is Cruz or James or Perry

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