Female Referee not worthy of boys game

Discussion in 'Religion Archives' started by Orleander, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

    :mad: Kudos to the other refs.

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — 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.
    Campbell then walked off the court along with Darin Putthoff, the referee who was to work the game with her.

    "I said, 'If Michelle has to leave, then I'm leaving with her,"' Putthoff said Wednesday. "I was disappointed that it happened to Michelle. I've never heard of anything like that."

    Fred Shockey, who was getting ready to leave the gym after officiating two junior high games, said he was told there had been an emergency and was asked to stay and officiate two more games.

    "When I found out what the emergency was, I said there was no way I was going to work those games," said Shockey, who spent 12 years in the Army and became a ref about three years ago. "I have been led by some of the finest women this nation has to offer, and there was no way I was going to go along with that."

    Shockey noted that referees normally don't work Saturday games, but he agreed to officiate because his daughter's basketball game slated for that day was canceled.

    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.....

  2. visceral_instinct Monkey see, monkey denigrate Valued Senior Member

    Maybe they thought she'd rape one of the boys?
  3. PsychoticEpisode It is very dry in here today Valued Senior Member

    I have been a basketball referee for several years, it is a great avocation, paid to exercise with the best seat in the house. I have referee'd at many religious schools and as yet no one has ever asked me if I was an atheist. In Kansas City, it appears that being a woman is worse.
  4. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

    that's a damn good point. They don't ask the religious convictions of a ref, but being a female ref is somehow un-biblical.

    I would love to know the parent's and kid's reactions to all that.
  5. PsychoticEpisode It is very dry in here today Valued Senior Member

    I don't know how I would personally react to refusal of my services based on religious grounds.

    I'm glad you brought that article to my attention. I am going to bring it to our district executive. I think we as a group of referees should have a policy in place in case we are confronted with religious or gender discrimination. Thanks.
  6. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

    If faced with the same situation, would you have refused to sub for her and ref as well?
  7. PsychoticEpisode It is very dry in here today Valued Senior Member

    Depends if I knew why. Sickness and injury amongst other reasons but there is no way in hell that I would have substituted for her once appraised of the situation. If I didn't know and then found out why during the game, I would have walked away, no question.
  8. madanthonywayne Mourning in America Staff Member

    I don't see what the big deal is. If they don't want female refs, who cares? If none of the other refs will work for them, the school will either have to change their policy or get fathers from the school to officiate.

    I'm not saying that I agree that females shouldn't be refs, I just don't see why we should be up in arms over the beliefs of the members of a certain church. So long as they don't start commiting acts of terrorism, let them live their lives the way they want to.
  9. jayleew Who Cares Valued Senior Member

    Hey, this should be in another thread...the ethics, morality, justice.
  10. Crunchy Cat F-in' *meow* baby!!! Valued Senior Member

    The issue is that a KSHSAA member asked the KSHSAA to discriminate against its employees based on sex (in other words they were asked to break the law). My guess is the school will simply be banned from competing with KSHSAA members.

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