Thursday, February 21, 2008

Religious School refuses to allow female referee, burkas are next

For everyone who thinks the debates on religion are so much academic fluff, and how the REAL religion people practice in the REAL world is so different from what all we mean and nasty atheists criticize, take a gander at this story about a school official who prevented a basketball team from participating in a game because one of the referees was [gasp] a WOMAN!

"The Kansas State High School Activities Association said referees reported that Michelle Campbell was preparing to officiate at St. Mary's Academy near Topeka on Feb. 2 when a school official insisted that Campbell could not call the game.

The reason given, according to the referees: Campbell, as a woman, could not be put in a position of authority over boys because of the academy's beliefs.

The Activities Association said it is considering whether to take action against the private religious school. St. Mary's Academy, about 25 miles northwest of Topeka, is owned and operated by the Society of St. Pius X, which follows older Roman Catholic laws. The society's world leader, the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, was excommunicated by Pope John Paul II in the late 1980s.

St. Mary's Academy officials declined comment when contacted by The Associated Press on Wednesday.

"This issue was going to come up eventually," said Campbell, 49, a retired Albuquerque, N.M., police officer who now lives in Ozawkie, Kan. "I just happened to be the person who was there this time.

"It's kind of a sticky situation. It needs to be looked at carefully, slowly, with all the facts."

All the facts are that we have yet another group of bigoted nutcases hiding behind religion to act it out. Again.

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