Friday, May 11, 2012

AZ High School forfets state title rather than play team with girl

Paige Sultzbach/Ctsy: Carlos Chavez/The Republic

You know, there are times where you realize there are still large chunks of people in this world who have yet to evolve out of the 1800's.

We couldn't believe this story...until we read it.

Apparently an Arizona catholic school forfeited their Arizona Charter Athletic Association state title game because the team they were slated to play had a girl playing 2nd base.

Yeah..that's right. A girl.

The school, ironically some might say, named "Our Lady of Sorrows" is a fundamentalist Catholic school that steadfastly hold to the belief a woman's place is not on an athletic field.

Read much more from the Arizona Republic RIGHT HERE

We really feel bad for the 15-year old girl, Paige Sultzbach, who according to the story is only on the Mesa Preparatory School boys team because the school doesn't have a girls softball team. She apparently didn't play the 2-times the schools competed during the season because she wanted to respect Our Lady of the Sorrows beliefts.

However, Paige didn't want to miss the state championship, a game that is now not going to be played.

For their part, Our Lady of the Sorrows has been pretty mute about the whole thing other than to say they will release a statement later.

This is a tough call.

While respecting the rights of people to believe what they want to believe and what makes them happy, it becomes an issue when it crosses into real life. We have the utmost respect for religious beliefs and thought, but there comes a time where you have to progress with the rest of the world.

We will steer clear of politics and the influence of religion here, but we actually respect Our Lady of the Sorrows right to believe what they believe. We may not agree with it, but we don't have to . It's just unfortunate that it came into play in this type of situation and no matter what anyone decides to do here, they are going to come out looking bad.

KNXV-TV in Phoenix gives us the TV version of this story:

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