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    Filed at 3:44 am under by dcobranchi

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion ignorance, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas activities officials are investigating a religious school’s refusal to let a female referee call a boys’ high school basketball game.

    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.

    4 Responses to “THE NEW FIRST AMENDMENT”


    Comment by
    Divers and Sundry
    February 14th, 2008
    at 8:48 am

    from the article: “St. Mary’s Academy…is owned and operated by the Society of St. Pius X”

    They are traditionalists and think “feminism” is a dirty word. You know that quote about feminists believing women are people, too? There are groups that seem to object to that concept.


    Comment by
    Valerie
    February 14th, 2008
    at 1:06 pm

    This article caught my eye in the newspaper the other day. The ref in question is taking it all with a grain of salt. She figures she was just the person in place when the conflict happened.

    The situation is being ‘looked at.’

    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.

    Gary Musselman, the association’s executive director, said the organization will not make a decision until it confirms whether St. Mary’s Academy has a policy of not allowing female referees to work boys basketball games.

    If that is indeed the school’s written policy, Musselman said, the association could decide to remove St. Mary’s Academy from the list of approved schools and take away its ability to compete against the association’s more than 300 member schools.


    Comment by
    Divers and Sundry
    February 14th, 2008
    at 2:34 pm

    I did a little looking, and this is not the first time their sexism has been an issue:
    This isn’t the first time St. Mary’s Academy has confronted such controversy. In 2004, the Catholic school refused to play an eight-man football game against White City because one of the players on White City’s roster was a girl. (the link is to the story at cjonline.com)

    Does the school has to have a written policy of exclusion for action to be taken?


    Comment by
    JP
    February 17th, 2008
    at 4:25 pm

    Just in defense of the Catholic religion – The Society of Pius X is a radical, schismatic, group that isn’t officially recognized by the Vatican.