Craig James was a running back at SMU back in the early 80s, playing with Eric Dickerson. He then went on to be a college football analyst for ESPN and Fox Sports before being fired for saying really anti-gay things. Naturally, the Family Research Council declared him a martyr and hired him to do…well, something. Last week he guest hosted Tony Perkins’ radio show and revealed why analyzing football was about the limits of his abilities.
During the show, he went on and on about how horrible it was that in cases involving same-sex marriage, the courts had been “overriding and striking down the will of the people.” A caller, incredibly, asked him then if he would say the same thing about courts overturning laws against interracial marriage that clearly reflected the “will of the people.” His babbling and irrelevant response:
My answer to that is biblically, the definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. And I try to go back into legislation and anything I can consider supporting, I wanna know first and foremost, what does the Bible say about it? And so that would be my comeback to you, Dave, on that, is that the marriage definition in the Bible is a man and a woman. And the will of the people spoke on that and the hypothetical that you mentioned there about it being interracial, the Bible doesn’t speak against that.
So. Much. Stupid. First of all, he thinks this is a hypothetical question, but it was an actual Supreme Court case, Loving v Virginia. And the response from the opponents of that law was word for word the same argument that Craig makes, that those horrible unelected judges were overturning and striking down the will of the people. And the arguments made in favor of bans on interracial marriage were also based on the Bible. In fact, the trial judge in the case cited the Bible in his decision upholding the law and bluntly declared that the justification for the law was Christian theology.
You might wanna stick to football. You’re in way over your head here.