A spokesperson for theÂ Family Research Council decided to not take a position when responding to a man calling for the execution of gay people.
Craig James has had a pretty varied career. At 53-years old, he’s played for two NFL teams, he’s been a radio and TV sports analyst, he ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate (that’s a Facebook campaign photo above), he had a short gig as a spokesperson forÂ the National Organization For Marriage, and now he’s anÂ assistant to Family Research CouncilÂ president Tony Perkins.
Just last week, James suggested an anti-trans constitutional amendment codifying who can be called a man and who can be called a woman.
Then, on Friday, on Perkins’ “Washington Watch” Internet radio show, a caller offered up supposedly “the right solution,” apparently to the problem of gay people. AcknowledgingÂ that it was a “very horrific” solution, the man called for America to “execute” gay people.
â€œI want to say something very horrific, a solution, and I think itâ€™s the right solution,â€ said the caller, who identified himself as “Phillip” and insisted if he were wrong God would of course forgive him. â€œWe pray for the homosexuals, weâ€™ve prayed for our enemies but at the same time when they try to force us to go against God, I think thatâ€™s where they cross the line and we should pass laws to execute them when they have judges to go against our businesses.â€Â
At that point, most people would have found a way to denounce the call for genocide â€“ or at least politely disagree.Â
But not Craig James, whose claim to fame in the anti-LGBT world is he says Fox Sports fired him for anti-gay comments he made before he was hired.
“Thank you Phillip,” James responded. “You know what, that part there, I donâ€™t know about the executing, but I do know that we have to be bold and firm and much stronger,” he continued, unable to denounce the idea.
“God doesnâ€™t tell us and calls us that we have to be timid and to stand for our straight â€” our beliefs. Iâ€™m doing a course right now in seminary and itâ€™s the history of the early church and itâ€™s fascinating, thereâ€™s been lots and lots and lots of men and women who have died for their Christian beliefs since the beginning and now we are in a time in this country and in this world where we must be bold and stand for God and His truths.”
James did say that they were running out of time and asked the caller to be “really quick.” He had no time to denounceÂ the call of mass killing of gay people, but he did have plenty of time to discuss hisÂ course in seminary.
What would Jesus have done?
James did not return a call requesting comment.
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– Tucker Carlson, Nov. 25, 2019pic.twitter.com/6cjRnjk5uW
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