Thursday, October 31, 2013

Hearing Approaches for Sportscaster Fired for His Faith

IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

Next week marks the first hearing in the religious-discrimination legal action of Former Fox Sports Analyst Craig James, who was fired over faith-based comments he made while running for the U.S. Senate in 2012.

James is a former college and NFL player, and a popular college football analyst who previously worked for ESPN before entering the political arena, running for a vacant U.S. Senate seat in Texas in 2012.

During a Republican primary debate James was asked – as all political candidates usually are – about his views on “same-sex marriage” and homosexuality. As a Christian, James expressed his deeply held religious beliefs and stated that he would not support same-sex unions.

After just one on-air appearance, James’ employment with Fox was terminated.

Could You Be Next? 
It was a drastic turn of events, considering that a few weeks prior, FOX Sports Southwest Executive Producer Mike Anastassiou excitedly announced James’ hiring.

 “We just asked ourselves how Craig’s statements would play in our human resources department,” an unnamed Fox spokesman told the Dallas Morning News after the termination. “He couldn’t say those things here.”

“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” warns Liberty Institute General Counsel Jeff Mateer.  “Recently, a floodgate has opened of blatant discrimination against public expression of faith in the workplace, and it threatens to wash away the open expression of religious views.”

Time to Stand
Open religious faith is critical to our society.  And it is critical that citizens be allowed to hold and live their faith openly—without having their rights violated because of what they think and believe.

“Federal and state employment laws prohibit discrimination based upon a person’s religious beliefs,” says Mateer, “and it is vital to legally fight for recognition of the law or religious freedoms and values will be swept away and disregarded in American society.”

We believe that violations of religious freedom can be defeated in court. 

Liberty Institute is the largest legal organization dedicated solely to defending and restoring religious liberty in America, and we have the highest win rate of any organization of our kind at 99%.

In addition to our team of full-time constitutional attorneys, we also work with many top litigators in the country who volunteer their time to help advance the mission of defending our nation’s first freedom.

What Can You Do? 
You can help by calling Dan Bell, Vice President of Communications for Fox Sports at 310-369-7771, or send him an email at dan.bell@fox.com. Tell him to restore religious liberty and return Craig James back to the airwaves.

You can also pray for the upcoming hearing on November 5 at 9 a.m. in the 417th District Court of Collin County, Texas. This case is bigger than just Craig James, this case matters for every American who values his or her religious freedom.

At a time when so much hangs in the balance, your prayers and financial support have never been more critical.



About Liberty Institute
Liberty Institute is a nonprofit legal group dedicated to defending and restoring religious liberty across America — in our schools, for our churches, in the military, and throughout the public arena. Liberty’s vision is to reestablish religious liberty in accordance with the principles of our nation’s Founders. For information, visit www.LibertyInstitute.org.