Keith Olbermann, Craig James and the Shocking Example of Double Standards

Former football star and TV announcer Craig James becomes the latest victim of intolerant, pro-homosexual liberal groupthink. In a political debate, James said America is in a moral crisis and that homosexuals will have to answer to God for practicing that sin.

Former football star and TV announcer Craig James becomes the latest victim of intolerant, pro-homosexual liberal groupthink. In a 2012 GOP debate in Texas, James said America is in a moral crisis and that homosexuals will have to answer to God for practicing that sin.

TAKE ACTION: 1) Contact Fox Sports HERE about their firing of Craig James just because he voiced his Christian moral convictions during a GOP candidates debate. You can watch on YouTube what James said in 2012 HERE.; 2) Read the America’s Survival in-depth report by AFTAH’s Peter LaBarbera on Fox News’ growing pro-homosexual bias and urge Fox to include more social and moral conservatives in its reporting and commentary; contact Fox HERE.

The excerpt below is from a terrific column by our good friend Michael Brown (author of A Queer Thing Happened to America), which was published today in Charisma magazine’s website. Regarding Fox Sports’ shameful firing of Craig James, I sent out these tweets this morning:

Watch out, Christians (and moral-minded people): The (Pro-) ‘Gay’ Thought Police are EVERYWHERE, and they WILL find you! #CraigJames

Craig James gets fired for saying homosexuality is sin. Dan Savage gets new MTV show after “redefining” Rick [Santorum’s last name] as fecal matter.

Liberal intolerance is growing + it’s not good for America. Craig James joins list of #Christians PUNISHED for expressing their faith.

As America rapidly de-Christianizes, it becomes more and more intolerant of biblical speech. God help us if we continue down this road of sexual immorality that has brought about the downfall of other great civilizations. — Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH; on Twitter @PeterLaBarbera; “Like” and follow AFTAH on Facebook


Keith Olbermann, Craig James and the Shocking Example of Double Standards

By Michael Brown,

So this is what our society has come to. Within a 10-day period, sportscaster Craig James was fired by Fox Sports for comments he had made against homosexuality during a political campaign last year while Keith Olbermann was lauded for his 9-minute anti-Russia, pro-homosexuality rant on ESPN. The double standards are as glaring as they are shocking.

As reported on, a leading gay website, “Keith Olbermann opened his ESPN show last night with a scathing rant against Russia’s antigay laws and the International Olympic Committee’s response to calls for a boycott of the Winter Games in Sochi.

“Olbermann’s nine-minute tirade brilliantly pointed out the ridiculousness of recent comments by President Vladimir Putin—who has tried to claim Russia’s so-called gay propaganda law is not homophobic.”

But that’s just the beginning. The column goes on: “Olbermann also highlighted the frightening similarities of the political climate surrounding the upcoming Winter Games regarding LGBT people and attitudes against other groups of people during the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin,” pointing to America’s pulling Jewish athlete Marty Glickman from the team.

What was the result? According to Olbermann, “Within three years Hitler was invading Czechoslovakia while America had an official policy of neutrality, and within five years Hitler was in mid-genocide.”

Has Olbermann been disciplined for this? Publicly corrected? Censured in any way? (And remember, this was on a national ESPN show.) Not a chance.

Yet in April of this year, the perfectly acceptable comments from Chris Broussard on ESPN, responding to a direct question about Jason Collins, who had just come out as gay, drew a firestorm of criticism and controversy. Why the glaring double standard?

A Christian like Chris Broussard gets in very hot water for saying that he questions how Jason Collins can practice homosexuality and be a Christian at the same time (a position that is about 2,000 years old)—and this in a brief interchange where he was asked for his views directly—yet Keith Olbermann can go on a 9-minute overstated rant and there’s hardly a word uttered about it (other than praise on gay websites).

Rhetoric like Olbermann’s was completely over the top, regardless of how one views Russia’s ban on the “promotion of non-traditional sexual relations among minors” along with other laws against “gay propaganda.” (For the record, while I absolutely deplore and renounce all acts of violence against those who identify as LGBT, it is fair to ask what is so bad about a ban against the “promotion of non-traditional sexual relations among minors.”)

And can Russia’s recent laws really be compared to Hitler’s genocidal acts against 6 million Jews (among others)? Where is the outcry over Olbermann’s remarks?

As for Craig James, he was a college football standout and an NFL Pro-Bowler, a man praised by Fox Sports Southwest Executive Producer Mike Anastassiou as a “talented broadcaster who I’ve admired throughout his career.”

Anastassiou added, “His knowledge of college football and the experience he brings as an analyst will be a tremendous asset to our coverage.”

But immediately after being hired by this regional Fox outlet, James was fired because of comments he made during his political campaign last year. Yes, “after one day on the job—Fox gave James the boot for his conservative views on marriage. And here’s the kicker: He made the comments not at the sports desk but during last year’s Senate campaign!”

What exactly did James say? In answer to a direct question during the campaign, he expressed his opposition to same-sex “marriage,” explaining that he didn’t believe anyone was born gay (and therefore living a gay lifestyle was a choice) and stating, “They are going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions.”

As reported by Sports Illustrated, “Fox Sports executives were not happy with the hire by the regional network, according to sources, and the hire had not been fully vetted at the highest levels of Fox Sports management.”

According to a Fox spokesman, “We just asked ourselves how Craig’s statements would play in our human resources department. He couldn’t say those things here.”

Come again? In the workplace, he would not be allowed to say he opposed gay marriage? He would not be allowed to say he didn’t believe people were born gay? He would not be allowed to say that practicing homosexuals would have to answer to the Lord for their actions (as would a whole lot of heterosexuals as well, based on James’ beliefs)?  [CONTINUED at]

[To read the rest of the column by Mike Brown, go to]

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