Monday, February 11, 2008
If you're in or around Bristol, Connecticut around noon today be sure to stop by ESPN HQ for yet another protest from the Christian Coalition. It's not like before when Dana Jacobson's F-Jesus was just the topic. They are gathering to protest Chris Berman's use of the Lord's name in vain during one of the clips that has gone up in the past week. Seriously.
The coalition is concerned there exists at ESPN a "lack of sensitivity to persons of faith and a culture of religious intolerance." To support this position view the link listed below showing ESPN anchor Chris Berman using the term "Jesus" and "Goddamn" in the workplace.Well then. I'm not going to tell anyone what's right and wrong, and I guess they have the right to protest whatever they want, but I'd personally be more worried that someone from the Christian Coalition is reading With Leather everyday.
The Christian Defense Coalition will be calling on ESPN to take three positive steps toward building a culture of religious tolerance in their workplace:
*Discipline or terminate any employee that uses religiously intolerant and hateful language such as "Goddamn" or the negative use of "Jesus Christ" in the workplace.
*Sponsor a workplace seminar and dialogue on religious tolerance and discrimination in the workplace. ESPN has held similar seminars on race and gender but never on religion.
*Host a discussion on one of their programs featuring the topic of the offensive use of "Goddamn" and "Jesus Christ" within the sports world.
If anyone wants to give me a report later this afternoon I'd love to see what went down.
Demonstration in Front of ESPN Monday -- Christian Group Calls on ESPN to End Religious Intolerance in the Workplace (Christian Newswire)
Christians Set To Protest ESPN (Awful Announcing)