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Craig James On Homosexuality: “I Think It’s A Choice… They Are Going To Have To Answer To The Lord”

Barring several different freak occurrences all happening at once, former NFLer/ESPN commentator/guy who got Mike Leach fired at Texas tech Craig James will not be elected to the U.S. Senate. He was polling at 4 percent shortly after officially launching his campaign, and it was said of him at the time, “He’s largely unknown and he’s unpopular among those who know him.” Ouch.

So why even talk about his campaign? Well, we couldn’t resist after seeing what James had to say yesterday during a debate. Inevitably, the topic turned to homosexuality, which is still something of a hot-button political issue for some reason, and especially in this case because Tom Leppert, one of James’ opponents, marched in a gay pride parade when he was mayor of Dallas. Leppert’s opponents proceeded to frantically try to condemn this… none more so than James:

James: I think right now in this country, our moral fiber is sliding down a slope that is going to be hard to stop if we don’t stand up with leaders who don’t go ride in gay parades. I can assure you I will never ride in a gay parade. And I hear what you’re saying, Tom, but leaders – our kids out there people need to see examples.

Moderator: Do you think people choose to be gay?

James: I think it’s a choice, I do.

Moderator: It’s not in the genes?

James: I think that you have to make that choice. But in that case right there, they are going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions. We should not give benefits to those civil unions.

Man, we knew James was gonna run heavy on the social conservative stuff given his campaign’s bullshit-laden “core principles,” but we didn’t know he’d go that far. He hit every note. Being gay’s a choice? Check. “Moral fiber”? Check. “Gay parades” (not gay pride parades, just “gay parades”)? Check. Think of the children? Check. And the coup de grace: God’s not really a fan of those gay people? Check.

There are a lot of things one could say to that. They could point out that no network is going to touch James as an analyst again after he inevitably loses. They might wonder whether one would have to answer to God for helping screw up a guy’s career by using a PR firm and your influence at America’s largest sports broadcasting power. We’re more interested, though, in whether James will have to answer to someone in the earthly realm… namely, these folks. We’ll go out on a limb and say they probably won’t rush to James’ corner after those comments.

[h/t Richard Deitsch via KC Johnson]

  • Anonymous

    more ignorance.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LDO6LIQBI2JQ4Q5MWLWBKGKSJY bensanity

    Wow I just gained more respect for Craig James. My colleague and I were having a similar conversation to this last night. If someone is “born gay” as the liberals chirp, is someone born a murderer? What about a child molestor? I think these are all choices we make in our lives, and as an American it’s my right to think and say that out loud, as well as on the internet. It’s your right to disagree, but don’t start spouting venom at me because we disagree.

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  • Anonymous

    So child molester, murderer and Gay all belong in the same sentence? That’s just  ridiculous. It doesn’t matter if you (wrongly) believe being Gay is a choice, but to go so far as to imply being Gay is equal to being a child molester or a murder is just plain offensive. At some point in your life you’ve known or been friends with a Gay person, did you really look at them and see a brutal criminal?

  • BgrahamMA

    What a stupid response.  How uneducated are you?  Maybe when your son or daughter ends up being gay you will realize how wrong you are…

  • Anonymous

    is an SMU faux Christian idiot.  So he believes it’s a good idea to:
    A. Guilt a gay man into ruining his life to marry a woman
    B. Ruin a woman’s life by marrying said gay guy (out of ignorance or just cause
    he’s considerate and listens)
    C. Ruin a straight man’s life by not being able to get with the woman …cause
    she’s married to the gay guy!!!

    Way to promote messing up 3 people’s lives per gay person Craig James

  • Buffdaddy75219

    Logic then dictates that since homosexuality is a choice, heterosexuality is as well. That must be the reason so many straight “Christians” are scared to death of gay people. I wonder if they think gay people can “turn” them. 

  • Ksantiquer

    You are an idiot. I pray for you and all of your kind who are such hate mongers. Until you walked a mile in my shoes you have no right to comment. My god lives and created me.

  • Prexyceo

    If  ”ignorance is bless”, we can all see why Mr. James appears to be  so happy.  And to think that he’s got a degree from SMU.  He certainly hould know better.  Agree? 

  • Lmchimere

    I think that the scientific community in general believes that sexual orientation is genetically wired, so I don’t think that James has much evidence to back his claim.  Of course, his entire adult life illustrates that he has never cared about facts or ethics, the SMU fiasco and Leach witch hunt just being two examples.  While the scientific community and other may debate what causes same-sex attraction, there is no debate that being a “tool” is a choice.  I am not sure that being a megalomaniac is a choice, but there is no doubt that James chooses to act out on that character flaw.  Rarely has someone run for such a high office with so little credentials, except maybe Roseanne Barr for President as a Green Party candidate. 

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