Who would have thought that ESPN really is of the devil himself (Nick Saban) and is in so much trouble? Today the Christian Defense Coalition protested in front of ESPN.
This was in response to Dana “I’m going to hell” Jacobson for her he term “F-k Jesus” or a similar expression at an ESPN sponsored event in Atlantic City this past January.
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 they refer to the video showing ESPN anchor Chris Berman using the term “Jesus” and “Goddamn” in the workplace.
Here was the press release.
*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.
It is the goal of the Christian Defense Coalition to help ESPN realize the negative use of “Jesus Christ” and “Goddamn” in the workplace is as offense and hateful as using the term “nigger” in the workplace.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, comments, “We must work for an America in which there is zero acceptance of religious intolerance in the workplace for all faith traditions. Hateful and intolerant expressions like ‘Goddamn’ or the negative use of ‘Jesus Christ’ should be viewed with scorn and outrage.
“Corporate America must begin to understand that terms like ‘Goddamn’ and the negative use of ‘Jesus Christ’ in the workplace are no different than using expressions like ‘faggot’ or ‘nigger’ in the workplace.
“Sadly, ESPN still doesn’t seem to get it when it comes to religious intolerance and discrimination in the workplace. Their refusal to adequately address the Dana Jacobson situation and comments made by Chris Berman indicates there exists a culture of religious insensitivity at ESPN.
“Our hope is that ESPN will take a positive first step toward ending workplace religious intolerance by implementing our three recommendations. By doing so, a powerful message will be sent to corporate America that people of faith should not be treated as second-class citizens while at work.”