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Craig James: Being gay ‘is a choice … they are going to have to answer to the Lord’

Feb 24, 2012, 9:48 AM EDT

Texas Senate Race James AP

As you know, ESPN football analyst and former Patriots RB Craig James is running for the U.S. Senate out of Texas — which leads to my favorite political polling data paragraph of the month so far:

James, who formally launched his campaign last week, draws 4 percent support. The former SMU Mustang and New England Patriot running back is struggling to overcome two liabilities: he’s largely unknown and he’s unpopular among those who know him.

I don’t mention this because I care about who wins a Senate seat from Texas — I don’t. It’s just a remarkably amusing paragraph is all. James is probably best known to you for the controversy surrounding his son, Adam, a receiver at Texas Tech. Craig and his son were at the center of a dispute that resulted in the university firing head football coach Mike Leach in 2010. That’s all well documented here.

James seems to have a talent for generating controversy. During the Republican candidate debate in Dallas on Wednesday, he commented on the fact that fellow Senate candidate Tom Leppert, the mayor of Dallas, twice marched in that city’s gay pride parade.

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.

Remember, Craig James for U.S. Senate: Most people don’t know who he is, and he’s unpopular with those who do.

Craig James: Being gay ‘a choice’ [KERA]

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Feb 24, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Homophobia, citing the Bible as a reason, irritates the hell out of me. Although I am not a Biblical scholar or even the least bit religious, I do know that in the New Testament homosexuality is not once mentioned. Hence, anybody claiming that homosexuality “will have to answer to the lord” is simply citing Old Testament teachings. Therefore, I would also expect them to strictly hold to other principles set forth in the Old Testament….otherwise, they are just looking for religion sponsored bigotry.

    • AlohaMrHand - Feb 24, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      i hear Mike Leach is endorsing the other guy.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 28, 2012 at 12:19 AM

      “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.” Romans 1:26, 27

      “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, no men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, no drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

      “Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.” 1 Timothy 1:8-11

      Anyone who says homosexuality isn’t in the New Testament or that “it’s taken out of context” hasn’t done their homework.

      “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord…because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 6:23, 10:10

      • johninpa - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        So we can take these passages, written by men perhaps 100-200 years after the time of Christ, and use them as a justification for prejudice against gays? Even when we were taught that Jesus was forgiving, he taught us not to judge, and suggested that only those with no sin “cast the first stone”, the most “Christian” among us find reason to hate. If that’s being Christian, I don’t want any.

      • samwind - Mar 1, 2012 at 3:02 PM

        Shut up.

      • samwind - Mar 1, 2012 at 3:03 PM

        My “Shut Up” is directed to lost puppy, not to johninpa.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:54 PM

        A) The passages were written within 30-50 years after Jesus; B) just because homosexuality is a sin, like lying, stealing, murder, etc., no man can judge another; C) just because something is identified as wrong or evil does not mean judgment is passed; D) all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory and perfect standards, therefore we all deserve God’s punishment; E) through Jesus, God paid for the punishment that we ALL deserve. If I tell a meth user, “Hey, buddy, if you keep doing that stuff, you’re gonna lose your health, friends, money, and anything else you value if not your life,” am I judging him? No, as a matter of fact, if I tell him that he’s destroying himself but that he doesn’t have to, I’m actually telling him out of love. If I said, “Go ahead, kill yourself. You deserve everything that’s coming to you. I hope you die. Only idiots do that stuff,” then yes, I would be judging him and speaking out of hate. It’s odd how our society is so backwards that it can’t tell the difference anymore. Maybe I should just be more tolerant of homosexual actions and let them destroy themselves. It’s what the world advocates for anyway.

    • maestroaria1964 - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      Actually, it’s very clear that the Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin — and it’s quite amusing to me that “puppy” compiled a short list and he is vilified for it. I would suggest that people give those who believe in the Bible the same choice that others have. According to scripture, it is a sin — just as lying, stealing, adultery, promiscuity, divorce, etc. — those are all sins. However, the Bible also makes it clear that we aren’t to use any sin as a reason to hate people. In fact, the Bible makes it clear that hating (it actually phrases it in the positive “to love”) isn’t of God.

      However, those who believe in the Bible, have not only the right but should also have a conviction against all sins the Bible teaches against. They should not accept lying while pointing out homosexuality but at the same time, they should not be forced to accept something that the Bible clearly presents as sin. Does it mean that they hate people? I hope not and I don’t think that anyone should point at a whole group of people just because of a few vocal ones. As you read comments here — there are many that are just as offensive from the other side — just not as politically correct. You don’t have to believe in the Bible — but if you try to offend those who do, are you not just as guilty as those who you are telling to respect someone else’s choice?

  2. jimguida - Feb 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    You need to go to the Old Testament to read the Bible’s view on homosexuality. And that view may surprise you. I invite you to spend five minutes at the website:

    WARNING: Not for those who want someone to hate and don’t want their beliefs shaken by facts.

  3. koufaxmitzvah - Feb 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    What’s important to understand about “Old Testament teachings” is that they aren’t just based of the 5 Books of Moses (by the way, originally written by man), but rather volumes of breakdown and differing perspectives and interpretations. Yes, it says a man may not lay down with another man. Big Frigging Deal. That was written over 3000 years ago. It also says that the rebellious child should be stoned outside the city’s gates. Which, of course, I take to mean, Son, if you’re going to smoke that joint, do it where I don’t have to see it.

    In other words, who gives a crap whether you can justify your own biases based on text written thousands of years ago whose context is completely being ignored?

  4. paperlions - Feb 24, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    It must be a choice….right? I mean, I remember the day I chose to be heterosexual very clearly. /sarcasm

  5. tomtravis76 - Feb 24, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Guess ESPN will just overlook one of their employees being an outspoken bigot.
    ESPN will run psa’s about stop calling people gay, but on the other hand will put a guy on TV who has the complete opposite view while commenting about college athletics. Get Craig James off the mothership.

    Who are these morons that want this country to go back to 1950’s lifestyle?

    • goforthanddie - Feb 24, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      If he’s not using ESPN airtime to spout his ignorance, they can’t fire him for that.

  6. bjg5091 - Feb 24, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Cause you know Craig, teenagers think to themselves, “Well I’m already getting picked on for being in the school play. How else can I get picked on? Oh I know! I will become gay. That is a great way. Now the jocks will pick on me non-stop!” Idiot.

  7. jason1214 - Feb 24, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Right Craig, its all the homosexual, lesbian, transgender, etc, etc, that are ruining the “moral” fiber of this country………….gag……….go away please

  8. sasquash20 - Feb 25, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Republicans are always the ones calling for the gays to stop. Then they get caught trying to blow some dude in the mens bath room. Just stick to the other important issues like abortion and voter ID cards.

  9. mgflolox - Feb 25, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Bigotry and hatred are choices you’ll have to answer to the Lord for, Craig.

  10. vikesfansteve - Feb 25, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Foot taping senator Craig also spoke against gays & ended up soliciting gay sex in a bathroom at the airport.

  11. crankyfrankie - Feb 26, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Words escape me on how much I hate people quoting the bible to justify their bigotry.

  12. bhawkce - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    choosing to be gay, is like choosing your skin color.. you can’t make that decision for yourself.

  13. daltex - Feb 26, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    The New Testament arguably does mention homosexuality: “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” Corinthians 6:9-10.

    The translations vary and I invite everyone to look to them with a critical eye. Some scholars doubt that this is a reference to homosexuality. Others don’t. I really dont give a shXt, but there is some support that the New Testament doesn’t radically change Christianity’s views on homosexuality.

  14. tardpalin - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Being ignorant and bigoted is a choice but f`in stupid was a gift from your parents.

  15. yahmule - Mar 1, 2012 at 3:43 AM

    He helped his college get the death penalty. He used his influence to get his son an undeserved scholarship. He lies through his teeth and shamelessly panders to the most ignorant people in our society. How did James not discover a career in politics sooner? Did he think himself overqualified?

  16. unfortunatelyavikingsfan - Mar 1, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Yep, it’s in the genes so they don’t have a choice here. Just like alcoholism, men prone to beating their wives, pedophilia, habitual drug use, speeding, littering, etc. etc. But it’s not my fault – I beat my wife because I inherited that from my grandpa! People are so willing to abdicate responsibility for immoral conduct.

    If it’s not a choice then I can’t be held accountable for my actions! Perverts just want to be comfortable in their perversions. Good luck w/ that.

  17. gaysportsfan - Mar 1, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    The Bible was written by people with a vested interest in creating more Christians. So, homosexuality and masturbation were ‘sins’ becuase it wasted the seed that should be spent on procreation, not pleasure.

    Having said that, as a big college football fan, ESPN should get rid of James because he’s a lousy commentator, not because he chooses to be an ignorant bigot.

  18. eightysixisback - Mar 2, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Keep quoting the bible to me, you almost have me convinced. Craig James is an idiot. I am sorry and i truley don’t mean to offend anyone who actually believes in the the messages in the bible about tolerance and love and trying to be a good person but to those of you who tell me that i should care at all about what a bunch of PEOPLE thousands of years ago thought about homosexuality: seriously?!?! i am sorry but i am more educated than any of the PEOPLE who wrote the bible. Do you want to try convince me that the world is flat because you read a bunch of books that were written before 1492 as well? We have learned a lot since then. If you want to deny that people who are gay were born that way, i guess you have the right to do that but stop telling me that you know because it is in the bible. That is ridiculous. Again, the bible was written by PEOPLE, not god or even jesus. How many times was the bible changed and manipulated over the years to serve the interests of those in control of the Christian Church? If it is truely the word of God why were these changes made or books of the bible excluded? There are some good lessons about how to treat others in the bible but there are also some things in the bible that people use to justify their own prejudices and their hatered of those who are different.
    those of you using the bible to tell the rest of us what is right and wrong might want to remember that many of the stories in the bible existed before jesus was even born in the pagan religion. The virgin birth?? Sorry that story existed long before jesus did. December 25th, that is the birthday of jesus, sorry wrong again, that was a holliday long before jesus was born. Jesus was not born in december for those of you who are not aware of that. I can go on and on here.
    I don’t need your religion to tell me what is right and wrong and quoting the bible to justify being a bigot only shows me that you are a narrow minded idiot who CHOOSES to hate those that are different from you. Oh and what does the bible say about the boy who from the time he can talk has a feminine voice and feminine mannerisms and surprise surprise, turns out to be gay?? Do he make that choice or was he born that way? Disregard science in this matter if you like but if you choose to do that also disregard science the next you have an infection too and let the bible heal you. Let us know how that turns out.