NBC Johnny Weir vs. Fox Sports Craig James: Broadcasting’s Double Standards

I’m sure many of you watched some of the Winter Olympics that were held in Sochi, Russia.  If you watched any of the ice skating, you most likely saw former ice skaters Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski.

From the first moment we saw Weir, there was no doubt about his homosexuality.  At first I wondered if he was selected for his Olympic ice skating accomplishments or was it for the homosexual agenda.  I looked up Weir’s Olympic record and he finished in fifth place in 2006 and finished in sixth place in 2010.  He never stood on the podium or knew what it took to be an Olympic medalist.

Tara Lipinski, on the other hand, became the young female to win the gold medal in women’s figure skating in Olympic history.  She had the experience, knowledge and qualifications to be an Olympic commentator where Weir did not.

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True Weir was a US Champion and 2008 bronze medalist in the World championships; but he was not an Olympic medalist.  There are others that were Olympic medalists, like Evan Lysacek who won the gold medal in 2010 who may have been better qualified to be the commentator for the 2014 Olympic ice skating.

However, with all the hype about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s anti-homosexual stand, I can’t help but believe that Weir was not chosen to be the NBC commentator on his not so successful Olympic career, but had everything to do with his open homosexuality.  He appeared to be wearing women’s blouses, jewelry and hairdos on some of the days of the Olympics.  His homosexuality was literally thrown in the faces of the American public and no one dared said anything negative about it.

Then you have the case of former NFL football player Craig James who once was a sports announcer for ESPN.  In 2012, James was hired by Fox Sports Southwest to be a football commentator.

James is a conservative Christian that in 2011 ran for the US Senate in the state of Texas.  Also in 2012, James appeared in a number of political debates.  In one of those debates, James was asked about his biblical views on same-sex marriage and homosexuality.  He responded:

“I think that this country, our moral fiber is sliding down a slope that is going to be hard to stop if we don’t stand up–the leaders who don’t go ride in gay parades.  I can assure you, I will never ride in a gay parade. Our kids out there…People need to see examples. I’m a guy who believes in [the union of] a man and a woman, … Adam and Eve, and what the Bible says.”

“I think it’s a choice; I do.  Same-sex marriage, if someone chooses to do that, that’s them. And God’s going to judge each one of us in this room for our actions. And in that case right there, they’re going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions.”

“We should not give benefits to those civil unions.  We have to stay strong on this. This is important, man. I’ll tell you what, we have a fiscal issue in this country, [but] we also have a moral issue in this country, and as Christians, we’ve got to stand up.”

One day after James was hired and after he gave his answer in the debate, Fox Sports Southwest fired him.  They claim that it had nothing to do with this conservative Christian response but that he was just not a proper fix for the network.

Last week, the Texas Workforce Commission announced that they have initiated an investigation into Fox Sports Network.  The Commission also announced that they have issued a formal charge of discrimination against the network.

Do you see the liberal hypocrisy and double standard in the media, including the sports media?  A flaming homosexual who flaunts his perversion on national television is hailed as a hero.  A conservative Christian can express his biblical views off the air and away from the network and be fired instantly for them.

No matter where you look in today’s America, you will see examples of this kind of tolerance for liberals and persecution of Christians.  America is truly becoming a Romans 1:18-31 nation.  It should be no surprise to see how Craig James was treated and how many other Christians are being treated.  Jesus warned us several times, saying:

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:10)

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.” (Matthew 24:9)

“Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.” (John 15:20)

The question I have for you is: Are you willing to be persecuted for Christ’s sake or will you be one of those that fall away at the first sign of trouble?

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