Here is an interesting comparison.
One network football analyst is a former NFL star who faced two counts of Murder One in the stabbing deaths of two men in 2000, and only avoided those charges by a plea bargain when he turned state’s evidence against his two accomplices.
The other is a former NFL star who left the network to run for political office in Texas, during which he made remarks considered “anti-gay”.
Take a wild guess at which one was fired over their respective issue? (HINT: It isn’t the one who pled guilty to obstruction of justice in the double homicide.)
Ray Lewis was involved in the stabbing deaths of two men. Craig James said something that some people disagreed with. Lewis has a job, James doesn’t. Also, who, d’ya spose, is being painted as a despicable villain? Yep. Not the one with the rap sheet. The one who said something unpopular about gays.
I was not a Craig James fan. Didn’t particularly like his commentary. But if FSSW had made a statement saying James was not skilled enough as an analyst to provide cogent commentary for football games, by all means, let him go. But there was none of that. James was fired for remarks he made not on the air but in a political campaign last year.
What we are seeing is the tyranny of political correctness, and whether you agree with James’ stance on gays or not, you should be outraged. For a man to lose his job for something like this would never be tolerated if it were a pro-gay rights viewpoint that was expressed. Should that happen, there would be a line of lawyers a mile long willing to work pro bono to litigate in such an event.
What we are seeing increasingly is that only one point of view will be tolerated. There will be no countenance of any other, nor any deviation from that one point of view. You may express the “authorized” point of view loud and often, and will be considered “courageous” for doing so. But believe something other than that which is accepted? Pay a very heavy personal and professional price. Why, it is thoughtcrime!