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High school track team disqualified for making religious gesture
KRIV TV ^ | 5/2/2013 | Damali Keith

Posted on 05/03/2013 2:14:35 AM PDT by markomalley

Some people are outraged after a high school track team is disqualified from competing in state finals because one runner made a religious gesture. In just a few seconds the boys Columbus High School 4 X 100 relay team went from winning the regional meet, heading to state championships to having it all stripped away. How did the "W" so quickly become "DQ"? Well. when the anchor of the relay team crossed the finish line, he won the race, raised his finger to the sky and that gesture caused the winning regional's relay team to be disqualified.

"It's a sad deal. I think it's a travesty. Those kids work hard," says K.C. Hayes. Hayes' son Derrick Hayes is the runner who won the race then pointed to God, turning a once in a lifetime opportunity into a huge heartbreak that will likely last his lifetime. "As a team they reached their goal and in an instant it was just gone, over something we think is a non-issue. I guess someone else thinks it is an issue. He just said dad I was pointing at the heavens" says K.C. Hayes.

A judge with the University Interscholastic League or UIL, which enforces the rules for high school athletics, was there at the meet in Kingsville and made the call to disqualify the four member relay team. "For those kids the work they put in, what are we teaching them? Ok you're going to sacrifice, work hard and do everything it takes and ok it's just ripped away," says Hayes.

"It's a harsh consequence for what some people may deem a small gesture. The rule states no celebratory gestures including raising your arms," explains Columbus I.S.D. Superintendent Robert O'Connor. According to the UIL the relay team was disqualified for "unsporting conduct". The UIL also points out, it does not have a rule prohibiting religious expression. "You can do whatever you want to in terms of prayer, kneeling or whatever you want to once you get out of the competition area. You just can't do it in the competition area. It goes back to the taunting rule. I can't taunt my opponent," O'Connor explains.

"It's not a malicious act. It's not a taunting act. It's a 'we did it' and he (my son) knows where the source comes from. I know him. He's not a malicious kid. On the football field he'll hit you and then help you up," Hayes says.

"It's heartbreaking," says O'Connor. Superintendent O'Connor says since Saturday's track meet and the disqualification he has received a number of nasty emails. One read 'Dear sir, you, are an idiot'. O'Connor wants to stress this is not his decision. This is coming from the UIL. In fact, the district protested the disqualification but the UIL is not changing the decision.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: moralabsolutes
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I wonder how long it will be until the track team will not be simply disqualified, but publicly flogged.
1 posted on 05/03/2013 2:14:35 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

This wouldn’t have happened if the runner was black, or if he had shouted “allahu akbar”.


2 posted on 05/03/2013 2:21:47 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: markomalley; xzins

Our nation is so screwed up. These UIL officials are idiots and cowards. If this kid had dropped a Muslim prayer rug on the track and bowed down for 10 minutes while pointing toward Mecca, they wouldn’t have said a peep, but because one kid at a track meet pointed towards the clouds after winning a race, the whole team is disqualified. This is not only an unconstitutional ruling, but it is a flagrant act of religious bigotry.

I’m hoping Jay Sekulow is ready to collect a huge fee from this organization.


3 posted on 05/03/2013 2:25:44 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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To: markomalley

If this had been a muzzie throwing down his blankie and praying on the finish line we would not have heard about it.


4 posted on 05/03/2013 2:26:38 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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To: markomalley

What an absolutely ridiculous situation. This HAS to have a good Constitutional Law lawyer all over it... Plus the public needs to express outrage toward the stupid Czar who is enforcing this “rule”.


5 posted on 05/03/2013 2:27:42 AM PDT by mn-bush-man
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To: markomalley
This happened in TEXAS ? ?

< facepalm >

6 posted on 05/03/2013 2:31:18 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: markomalley

Maybe he was pointing at Uranus.

I bet that they would like.


7 posted on 05/03/2013 2:31:39 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: markomalley
It wasn't because it was religious, the UIL has a rule...a VERY STUPID rule...that bans taunting or "celebratory gestures including raising your arms."

"You can do whatever you want to in terms of prayer, kneeling or whatever you want to once you get out of the competition area. You just can't do it in the competition area. It goes back to the taunting rule. I can't taunt my opponent."

Even though the headline is a bit misleading, the rule is an example of micromanaging stupidity which of course is the result of the leftists and their agenda to control everything.

8 posted on 05/03/2013 2:36:00 AM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts help hold the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: markomalley

I hope there’s a lawsuit. Last time I checked, the part in the constitution guaranteeing freedom of religion has not yet been repealed.


9 posted on 05/03/2013 2:36:05 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: markomalley

https://www.uiltexas.org/press-releases/detail/uil-region-4-conference-3a-track-decision

Media Contact: Kate Hector
Phone: 512-471-5883
Fax: 512-471-6589
Email: pr@uiltexas.org

I think this contact information could be helpful ;)


10 posted on 05/03/2013 2:37:54 AM PDT by Principled
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To: markomalley

And the country became Godless and fell.


11 posted on 05/03/2013 2:40:29 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: markomalley

They say the decision was made by a “judge,” but they don’t name this judge. I think he should be named, and his address and telephone number be published.


12 posted on 05/03/2013 2:41:29 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: mn-bush-man
Freaking nightmare we're living through!
It's like a drumbeat of abuses against Constitutional freedoms with a feeling of helplessness to do something about it.

Is it possible the public really condones this?

13 posted on 05/03/2013 2:41:34 AM PDT by stormhill (Guns Save Lives!)
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To: prisoner6
It wasn't because it was religious, the UIL has a rule...a VERY STUPID rule...that bans taunting or "celebratory gestures including raising your arms."

the rule is an example of micromanaging stupidity

Correct on both counts, at least from the information we have here.

14 posted on 05/03/2013 2:43:40 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Sarah is right.)
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To: markomalley
"It's heartbreaking," says O'Connor. Superintendent O'Connor says since Saturday's track meet and the disqualification he has received a number of nasty emails. One read 'Dear sir, you, are an idiot'. O'Connor wants to stress this is not his decision.

He's a worm.

15 posted on 05/03/2013 2:46:40 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: markomalley

Rules are rules.


16 posted on 05/03/2013 2:52:43 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: markomalley

sure sounds like religious bigotry in action

last i checked, EVERY CITIZEN of the United States is protected under the first amendment, not just child pornographers. that protection includes the free exercise of their religious beliefs... which includes pointing to the sky to thank their creator.

i say sue the hell out of the organization then have all officials that signed off on it, fired. then sue them personally.

don’t leave those progressive nazis with a dime to their name


17 posted on 05/03/2013 2:54:01 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: prisoner6
It wasn't because it was religious...

No, of course they're not ready to admit a prohibition on religious expression; so, by creating a structure of rules that effectively bans them they also have plausible deniability.

18 posted on 05/03/2013 2:55:14 AM PDT by stormhill (Guns Save Lives!)
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To: BigCinBigD

Eggs are eggs.


19 posted on 05/03/2013 2:56:23 AM PDT by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: BigCinBigD
Rules are rules.

Thank you Mayor Bloomberg.

20 posted on 05/03/2013 2:57:15 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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