"Let Her Play" Gives New Meaning to "Let Freedom Ring"

"Let Her Play" Gives New Meaning to "Let Freedom Ring"
Maddy Blythe was told that she would cause "impure thoughts" among boys on her football team. At a Christian school.

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate the freedoms we share as Americans.

Yet, all of us who are not 1) Male. 2) WAS.P 3) Rich have generally had to fight and claw our way to claim our rights and justify our freedoms.

And often, the federal mandates of our great United States have saved us. For African-Americans, it was the Voting Rights Act of 1865. And the 1954 ruling ending "Separate but Equal."

For feminists, it was Title IX.

For all of us, it was the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution. And the Declaration of Independence.

Maddy was on the defensive line, and by all accounts, was every bit as good as the boys on the football team.

Maddy was on the defensive line, and by all accounts, was every bit as good as the boys on the football team.

 

"Let Her Play"  the Facebook page, started with a simple post by Maddy Blythe's mother, Cassy.

"My Madison begged to play football for years. "Please, momma, please let me play. I'm bigger and stronger than those boys. I can do it, mom, I promise!" I broke down last year and let her play for her christian school. She's the product of a female cop, who am I to tell her no?

She was placed on the defensive line. Her coaches bragged about how she hit and could take hits better than most of the boys. They were proud of the female that took her helmet off at the end of the game, exposing to the other team that they were taken down by a girl. Her first quarterback sack was memorable. I overheard the other parents thinking it was one of their boys who made the sack until Maddy got off him. When they saw it was #82, they all looked in their lineup to see it was Maddy! The crowd jumped to their feet and cheered! This happened several more times during the season. Maddy could play football and played it well."

Her school called me in for a meeting to discuss her future. I was told by the CEO that he did not believe girls should play on boys teams. He was worried 1) the boys might have impure thoughts, 2) the locker room talk might be a bit much for her to handle, 3) boys and girls should not compete in any sport, 4) there are other sports she can play, 5) they are a private school and can make any decision they want, and 6) he prayed about it and this was the right thing to do. He also quoted the bible by saying that men and women are created equal but different and therefore should not be allowed to play the same sports.

I'd like to address a few issues with the CEO of the Strong Rock Christian School:

“The boys might have impure thoughts.”

It's a Christian school. You're supposed to be taking care of that in religion class, right? A Catholic school graduate (similar in function) said the priests told him "Walk it off, son. Walk it off."

Is that so hard?

Couldn't resist that double-entendre! Anyone get it?

“The locker room talk might be a bit much for her to handle”

Again, it's a Christian school. You're supposed to be taking care of "locker room talk" anyway. By washing their filthy mouths out with soap. Old school.

Quoted the bible [sic] by saying that men and women are created equal but different and therefore should not be allowed to play the same sports.”

According to Bible interpreters CBE International, the Bible teaches that both man and woman were created in God’s image, had a direct relationship with God, and shared jointly the responsibilities of bearing and rearing children and having dominion over the created order (Gen 1:26-28).

Additionally, the Bible teaches that woman and man were created for full and equal partnership. The word “helper” (ezer) used to designate woman in Genesis 2:18 refers to God in most instances of Old Testament usage (e.g. I Sam 7:12; Ps 121:1-2). Consequently the word conveys no implication whatsoever of female subordination or inferiority

The CEO insisted that “he prayed about it and this was the right thing to do,” she wrote.

How often have we thought "God's will" covered our discomfort with a situation?

What do others think about this? As of today, the Facebook page is active, and I urge you to join. As for the CEO....re-read the Bible with an interpreter's mind.

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