Zachary Abate reported this morning on the sacking of Craig James by Fox Sports. His crime: Saying early last year, when he was unsuccessfully running for the U.S. Senate, that homosexuality is “a choice” that Christians should oppose, and that he opposed giving “benefits to those civil unions.”
I’ve been waiting for an explosion of columns criticizing the firing. After all, ESPN did not fire another sports analyst, Chris Broussard, who called homosexuality a sin on the air—so why is Fox Sports getting rid of James for a view he expressed not even on the job but in a political campaign more than a year ago? Must we all now pledge allegiance to the unproven determinist view that no one who engages in homosexual activities has even the slightest amount of volition in doing so?
Holocaust denial is a problem because the evidence for Nazi mass murder is overwhelming. Macroevolution denial and humans-causing-global-warming denial unfairly keeps scholars from getting jobs in academia, and that’s a problem because those 21st century heresies concern theories that aren’t proven, but at least those blacklists are about issues directly job-related.
Firing a football analyst because he’s politically incorrect regarding homosexuality, though, is an indication of how our newest crushing orthodoxy suppresses any freedom of speech, and even freedom of thought, in a manner that only the propagandists in George Orwell’s 1984 should love. I’ve been searching the internet to find expressions of outrage about the action of Fox Sports, and so far not finding them except for a few comments after news posts.
Are we all so cowed?