Former NFL player and football TV analyst Craig James is fully embracing his new job as an anti-gay activist for religious-right groups. Now he’s suggesting that supporters of LGBT equality are doing Satan’s work.
Late last week the Texan talked on a radio program from the Family Research Council — which the Southern Poverty Law Center labels an anti-gay hate group — about professional sports teams that have come out in support of LGBT equality. Several pro franchises have filed briefs supporting marriage equality in a case the U.S. Supreme Court case is about to consider. Our friends at Right Wing Watch have the report about James’ comments on the radio program:
James worried that the decision by the New England Patriots, the Tampa Bay Rays and the San Francisco Giants to join the marriage brief could cause an “implosion” in team locker rooms and intimidate players who oppose marriage equality from speaking their minds.
“If I were a current player in that locker room and my livelihood depended on me being quiet or losing it because of my belief system, I worry, I wonder,” he said. “So, that’s Satan working on us.”
Later in the interview, Perkins warned of a coming clash between LGBT rights and religious liberty, saying, “There’s no avoiding this conflict, it’s coming, as we redefine marriage and with it everything else in society. “
“It’s not so much about the marriage altar, this redefinition of marriage, it’s about altering all of society,” he added.
James agreed, adding that he had recently been studying the book of Genesis and found that the story of Adam and Eve proves that if you support gay marriage, you “have a problem with God.”
James was a college football analyst for Fox Sports for years before running for a U.S. Senate seat from Texas in 2012. Following his unsuccessful campaign, James rejoined Fox briefly. But the network let him go after deciding that anti-gay comments he made during the campaign — that being gay is a “choice” and that LGBT people would “have to answer to the Lord for their actions” — would be problematic because of the company’s inclusive personnel policies.
James claims that Fox engaged in religious discrimination by letting him go. But nothing Fox did prevents James from believing whatever he chooses or practicing his religious beliefs as he sees fit. He also continues — as last week’s radio program demonstrates — to exercise his freedom to say whatever he wants about LGBT people and supporters of equality. Fox simply decided it didn’t want its private business associated with that kind of intolerance and bigotry.