Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Victim-Fest: Craig James and Phillip Monk to address FRC's Values Voter Summit

According to Tony Perkins, head of the hate group Family Research Council:
Two individuals who have been singled out because of their religious beliefs will be speaking at Family Research Council Action's (FRC Action) 2013 Values Voter Summit (VVS)
Perkins is referring to Sgt. Phillip Monk and sportscaster Craig James.

It is the basic fabric of our society that nobody is ever to blame for anything. Sgt. Monk and Mr. James have a desire to turn their own failings into victimhood. Blame the queers. I suppose that has some traction in FRC's constituency.

With respect to Sgt. Monk, he was not punished for violating Article 117 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice which prohibits "provoking words or gestures" to someone. Nor was he punished for insubordination. In fact, he wasn't punished at all. He might now be subject to disciplinary action for the lies that he has told the press, notably Todd Starnes of Fox News. Monk's problem is that he cannot keep his mouth shut. He insists on airing his homophobia and victimhood. This has nothing to do with his religious beliefs. The military requires self-censorship.

As for Craig James, he is always in some sort of controversy ever since he played college football for SMU (where he violated NCAA rules and accepted gifts). As a professional football player and then a commentator, various controversies always seem to find James. In 2011, James ran for the US Senate seat vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas). Apparently he was too far to the right even for Texas and finished a distant fourth with 4% of the vote. James was hired by Fox Sports Southwest on August 30, 2013. He was fired on September 2 after only one appearance. Fox claims that he was not properly vetted. The headline in the Dallas Morning News was; Craig James’ anti-gay stance during political campaign reason for his quick exit from FOX Sports SW. Apparently Mr. James did not make many friends during his political campaign. There is nothing in his background to suggest that he is very religious. Presumably his open homophobia was a result of his political ambitions. He may have just done a terrible job in his one appearance.
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